PITTSFIELD -- Except for a jump in the city of North Adams, Berkshire County’s unemployment rate remained relatively stable in November.
The county’s jobless rate remained at 6.8 percent for the third straight month, according to figures released on Thursday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Unemployment in the county has remained between 6.4 and 6.8 percent since July, and is close to the local jobless rate of 6.2 percent in November 2012.
In North Adams, however, the unemployment rate jumped more than half a percentage point to 8.7 percent in November, which is more than 2 points higher than the state rate of 6.6 percent. The national unemployment rate is 7.0 percent.
The number of workers collecting unemployment benefits in North Adams increased by 39 to 592 last month, according to the state figures, while the number of employed decreased by 20 to 6,230.
Unemployment in the Great Barrington and Pittsfield labor market areas remained at the same level as October, but increased by a tenth of a percentage point in North Adams.
The numbers released on Tuesday are not seasonally adjusted which means they take into account seasonal construction jobs and positions in the travel and tourism industry.
Unemployment in the city of Pittsfield dropped slightly in November to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent.