County unemployment continues to drop


PITTSFIELD - Berkshire County’s unemployment rate continued to drop in May, descending almost a full percentage point to 5.4 percent, according to state figures released on Tuesday.

It is the lowest Berkshire unemployment has been in at least 13 months,and follows a slight drop in the rate in April.

Berkshire employment is also more than a point lower than it was in May 2013, when the rate hit 6.8 percent.

Less than 4,000 Berkshire residents are collecting jobless benefits, the lowest total in at least 13 months.

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