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U.S. employers added 390,000 jobs in May, extending a streak of solid hiring that has bolstered an economy under pressure from high inflation and rising interest rates. Last month's gain reflects a resilient job market that has so far shrugged off concerns that the economy will weaken in the coming months as the Federal Reserve steadily raises interest rates to fight inflation.

The Massachusetts unemployment rate in December plunged beneath 4 percent and state officials on Friday said employers have added back 537,000 jobs since employment levels bottomed out in April 2020.

If you’ve noticed more ‘help wanted’ signs around Berkshire County, you’re not imagining things. But, the answer, we’ve found, is more complicated than ‘people just don’t want to work.’ Our new series focuses on why there is a labor shortage, what working in the Berkshires means and where our local jobs economy goes from here. 

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PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire County unemployment rate continued to trend downward in July, dropping three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.0, a…

FILE — A woman interviews for a position during a job fair in St. Louis, Mo., on June 16, 2021. Economists at the University of California, Be…