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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.4%. 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 January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in April 2015, 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 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Massachusetts 4.6% -0.1 -1.2
Springfield 5.4% 0.0 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 14,824 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,948 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 179. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 20,127 +179 -5,081

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 4.6% 5.4% 20,127
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.1% 5.9% 21,714
December
2014
5.6% 5.3% 6.3% 23,067
November
2014
5.8% 5.4% 6.4% 23,635
October
2014
5.7% 5.5% 6.6% 24,111
September
2014
5.9% 5.6% 6.7% 24,535
August
2014
6.1% 5.6% 6.8% 24,932
July
2014
6.2% 5.7% 6.9% 25,046
June
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.9% 25,018

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.