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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.1%. 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 February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Massachusetts 4.2% 0.0 -0.7
Springfield 5.1% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 16,667 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 18,342 -575 -3,680

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.2%
May
2016
4.7% 4.2% 5.1% 18,342
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
November
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.8% 20,921
October
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.8% 20,957
September
2015
5.1% 4.8% 5.8% 20,971
August
2015
5.1% 4.8% 5.8% 21,218
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 5.9% 21,517

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.