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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.3 percentage points in March 2016 to 5.4%. 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 February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Massachusetts 4.4% -0.1 -0.7
Springfield 5.4% +0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 35,009. There are now 15,563 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,566 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 880.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 19,446 +880 -2,644

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 4.4% 5.4% 19,446
February
2016
4.9% 4.5% 5.1% 18,566
January
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.3% 19,073
December
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.8% 20,871
November
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.8% 20,921
October
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.8% 20,957
September
2015
5.1% 4.8% 5.8% 20,971
August
2015
5.1% 4.8% 5.8% 21,218
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 5.9% 21,517
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 6.0% 21,737
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 6.0% 22,022
April
2015
5.4% 5.0% 6.1% 22,111

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.