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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2014 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in December 2009 at 9.5% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.6% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Massachusetts 6.0% +0.2 -1.2
Springfield 6.9% +0.2 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 data as October 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 9,421 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 1,276. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 23,823 +779 -4,225

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 6.0%
September
2014
5.9% 6.0% 6.9% 23,823
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
6.3% 6.0% 7.2% 24,716
March
2014
6.7% 6.3% 7.4% 25,388
February
2014
6.7% 6.5% 7.5% 25,689
January
2014
6.6% 6.8% 7.8% 26,494
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 8.1% 27,665
November
2013
7.0% 7.1% 8.1% 27,808
October
2013
7.2% 7.2% 8.2% 27,937

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.