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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.3 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.8%. 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 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Massachusetts 3.9% +0.3 -0.1
Springfield 4.8% +0.3 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 17,048 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,520 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,441.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 17,961 +1,245 -686

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.2%
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.8% 17,961
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 4.5% 16,716
February
2017
4.7% 3.4% 4.5% 16,454
January
2017
4.8% 3.2% 4.0% 14,532
December
2016
4.7% 3.1% 3.7% 13,520
November
2016
4.6% 3.1% 3.9% 14,063
October
2016
4.8% 3.2% 4.1% 14,760
September
2016
4.9% 3.3% 4.2% 15,383
August
2016
4.9% 3.4% 4.4% 15,928
July
2016
4.9% 3.6% 4.5% 16,538
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 4.7% 17,184

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.