Pittsfield gained hundreds of jobs in July

BOSTON (WWLP) – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released state employment statistics for the month of July.

Communications Director Ann Dufresne said, “this is a monthly household survey that’s done in these labor markets that are measured, and again, they’re not seasonally adjusted.”

The numbers do not account for seasonal impacts a community may face like when schools get out for the summer, the loss of construction jobs in the wintertime or major tourist events. The survey, taken in twelve areas across Massachusetts, found that Pittsfield had some of the largest job gains, adding 600 jobs in the month of July.

Pittsfield State Senator Ben Downing told 22News that investments in innovation and infrastructure are attracting businesses to Berkshire county, and a reason why people in his district are finding jobs.

“If you come through downtown Pittsfield now you see the investments that we’ve made in the Colonial Theatre, that we’ve made in Barrington Stage Company, that we’ve made in the streetscape of that downtown. It’s certainly welcoming,” said Sen. Downing.

While Pittsfield may be adding jobs, Springfield lost a whopping 4,700 jobs in the last month, but the city is doing better than it was one year ago.

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