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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.5 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.5%. 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 February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Massachusetts 3.4% +0.2 -0.8
Springfield 4.5% +0.5 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 18,502 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,261 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,246.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 16,507 +1,926 -2,059

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.6%
February
2017
4.7% 3.4% 4.5% 16,507
January
2017
4.8% 3.2% 4.0% 14,581
December
2016
4.7% 3.1% 3.7% 13,507
November
2016
4.6% 3.1% 3.6% 13,261
October
2016
4.8% 3.2% 4.0% 14,761
September
2016
4.9% 3.3% 4.4% 16,238
August
2016
4.9% 3.4% 5.0% 18,211
July
2016
4.9% 3.6% 5.0% 18,132
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 5.1% 18,533
May
2016
4.7% 3.8% 5.1% 18,372
April
2016
5.0% 4.0% 5.2% 18,917

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.