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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Massachusetts 3.7% -0.2 +0.5
Springfield 4.5% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 35,009. There are now 18,354 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,520 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,135.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 16,655 +275 +1,895

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 3.7% 4.5% 16,655
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 4.4% 16,380
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.8% 17,988
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 5.1% 19,198
June
2017
4.4% 4.3% 5.1% 19,061
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 5.1% 19,078
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.8% 17,976
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 4.5% 16,716
February
2017
4.7% 3.4% 4.5% 16,454
January
2017
4.8% 3.2% 4.0% 14,532
December
2016
4.7% 3.1% 3.7% 13,520

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.