Department of Numbers

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2016, 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Massachusetts 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Pittsfield 4.4% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 March 2010 at 4,204. There are now 2,325 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,518 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 361.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 1,879 +87 +11

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.4% 1,879
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.2% 1,792
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 4.3% 1,831
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 4.5% 1,939
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 4.6% 1,968
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 4.5% 1,949
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 4.7% 2,053
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.9% 2,112
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 5.1% 2,210
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 5.2% 2,283
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.8% 2,101

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.