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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.4 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Massachusetts 3.3% -0.3 -1.5
Springfield 4.0% -0.4 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 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 20,247 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 14,762 -1,476 -6,195

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 3.3% 4.0% 14,762
September
2016
5.0% 3.6% 4.4% 16,238
August
2016
4.9% 3.9% 5.0% 18,211
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 5.0% 18,132
June
2016
4.9% 4.2% 5.1% 18,533
May
2016
4.7% 4.2% 5.1% 18,372
April
2016
5.0% 4.2% 5.2% 18,917
March
2016
5.0% 4.4% 5.4% 19,445
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

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.