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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in June 2020 at 18.3% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.5% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Massachusetts 7.1% -0.7 +4.3
Pittsfield 8.3% -0.1 +4.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 June 2020 at 7,492. There are now 4,114 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,979 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 399.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 3,378 -24 +1,911

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.1% 8.3% 3,378
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 8.4% 3,402
December
2020
6.7% 8.4% 8.5% 3,432
November
2020
6.7% 8.4% 7.5% 2,979
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 8.2% 3,323
September
2020
7.8% 8.9% 10.4% 4,403
August
2020
8.4% 9.3% 12.7% 4,987
July
2020
10.2% 9.8% 17.9% 7,308
June
2020
11.1% 14.8% 18.3% 7,492
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 17.4% 6,940
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 17.8% 6,950

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.