Berkshire Workforce Board’s Chmura Berkshire COVID-19 Industry Impact Report June 2020

As Berkshire County continues to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkshire Workforce Board knows how important it is to understand how our economy is recovering and how our workforce will continue to shift.  To this end we have solicited a report from Chmura regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Berkshire County Industries. Chmura COVID report 6-20

Chmura Economics and Analytics provides labor market data and analysis. They have been hosting webinars since the beginning of pandemic pertaining to the economic impacts of COVID and how those effects differ by the type of region or industry. We have participated in a number of their webinars and were impressed with their insights. Inside the report you will find some useful charts on estimated employment and GDP impact as well as our path to recovery and employment projections moving forward.

We thought it was important to share this report with you and hope that you will find the information useful. If using any of the data, we appreciate you using the Berkshire Workforce Board and Chmura as a source. Thank you.

Berkshire County WDA Unemployment Insurance Claimants Report

Massachuestts Reports Highest Unemployment Rate in U.S. for June 2020 (local employment rates also available):

Berkshire County Weekly Initial Claims by city, town or county June 2020

Berkshire County Unemployment Insurance Claimant Characteristics Report – May 16, 2020 UI May 2020

Berkshire County UI Claimant Report – April 16, 2020 UI April 2020

Berkshire County UI Claimant Report – March 2020 UI March 2020

These reports provide summary information on selected characteristics of the Berkshire County Workforce Development Area residents claiming unemployment insurance (UI) benefits during the referenced week.

Berkshire Workforce Blueprint Information

2020 Update for the Berkshire Workforce Blueprint  Berkshire Workforce Blueprint 2020 Update

Berkshire Workforce Blueprint Modified February 2020 2020 Priority Industries chart 3-20

Berkshire 2019 Data Package Update as part of the Berkshire Skills Cabinet Workforce Blueprint. Data Deck Final 10-19

Berkshire Workforce Blueprint 2019 – The Berkshire Skills Cabinet has been working for the past year to develop a workforce plan working collectively with economic development, education and workforce development to help meet the needs of businesses.  Click here for a copy of the Berkshire Workforce Blueprint 2019. Berkshire Bluprint final 3-30-18

Berkshire Workforce Blueprint 2017 – Economist Robert Vinson develops an annual blueprint highlighting Berkshire County’s workforce supply and demand. Click here for a copy. LMI Report 2-17


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Center for Creative Community Development‘s state of non-profit organizations in Berkshire County prepared for the Berkshire County Chamber of Commerce and the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board in 2012 by Kay Oehler and Stephen C. Sheppard is a comprehensive overview of how nonprofits effect our local economy and their crucial role in community development.  Click here to read and download the guide.

Workforce Fact Sheets

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June 2020 – Dashboard 6-20

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January 2020 – Dashboard 1-20

December 2019 – Dashboard 12-19

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