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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Massachusetts 4.7% 0.0 -0.6
Springfield 5.8% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 34,951. There are now 13,801 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,772 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,378. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 21,150 +418 -1,917

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.8% 21,150
November
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.7% 20,732
October
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.6% 20,679
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 5.4% 19,772
August
2015
5.1% 4.7% 5.6% 20,756
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 5.7% 21,083
June
2015
5.3% 4.7% 5.5% 20,519
May
2015
5.5% 4.6% 5.4% 20,109
April
2015
5.4% 4.7% 5.4% 19,948
March
2015
5.5% 4.8% 5.8% 21,426
February
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.9% 21,659

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.