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Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in February 2010 at 8.5% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Illinois 4.9% 0.0 -0.9
Springfield 4.1% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Springfield, Illinois, National

Springfield, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Springfield, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Springfield peaked in March 2010 at 9,814. There are now 5,214 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,535 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 65. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 4,600 +3 -624

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.1% 4,600
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 4,597
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 4.1% 4,535
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.1% 4,602
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.2% 4,683
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.2% 4,744
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.3% 4,854
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.4% 5,053
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.3% 4,933
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 4.7% 5,321
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 5.3% 6,067

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.