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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in December 2009 at 9.5% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Massachusetts 5.5% -0.3 -1.6
Springfield 6.5% -0.3 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Springfield, Massachusetts, National

Springfield, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Springfield peaked in February 2010 at 33,244. There are now 10,607 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,547 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 90. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 22,637 -1,100 -5,028

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
January
2015
5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 5.5% 6.5% 22,637
November
2014
5.8% 5.8% 6.8% 23,737
October
2014
5.7% 6.0% 6.8% 23,747
September
2014
5.9% 6.0% 6.9% 23,829
August
2014
6.1% 5.8% 6.7% 23,044
July
2014
6.2% 5.6% 6.6% 22,616
June
2014
6.1% 5.5% 6.6% 22,547
May
2014
6.3% 5.6% 6.9% 23,551
April
2014
6.2% 6.0% 7.2% 24,716
March
2014
6.6% 6.3% 7.4% 25,388
February
2014
6.7% 6.5% 7.5% 25,689

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.