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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2014 to 7.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in December 2009 at 9.5% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.7% in February 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Massachusetts 6.5% -0.3 -0.4
Springfield 7.7% -0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 33,138. There are now 7,196 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 25,529 in March 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 413. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 25,942 -595 +271

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 6.3%
February
2014
6.7% 6.5% 7.7% 25,942
January
2014
6.6% 6.8% 7.9% 26,537
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 8.3% 27,463
November
2013
7.0% 7.1% 8.3% 27,758
October
2013
7.2% 7.2% 8.4% 27,968
September
2013
7.2% 7.2% 8.4% 27,869
August
2013
7.2% 7.2% 8.5% 28,214
July
2013
7.3% 7.2% 8.4% 28,125
June
2013
7.5% 7.1% 8.3% 27,712
May
2013
7.5% 7.0% 8.0% 26,731
April
2013
7.5% 7.0% 7.8% 25,893
March
2013
7.5% 6.9% 7.7% 25,529

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.