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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1 0.0
Pittsfield 4.0% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, National

Pittsfield, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pittsfield peaked in March 2010 at 4,177. There are now 2,374 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,722 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 81.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 1,803 +5 -13

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 4.0% 1,803
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 4.0% 1,798
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.3% 1,919
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.3% 1,937
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 4.4% 1,949
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 4.4% 1,958
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.4% 1,926
March
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.4% 1,909
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.3% 1,875
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.1% 1,777
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 4.0% 1,722

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.