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Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.5 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in July 2009 at 9.0% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Missouri 3.4% -0.1 -1.1
Springfield 3.0% +0.5 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Springfield, Missouri, National

Springfield, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Springfield, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Springfield peaked in March 2010 at 20,099. There are now 13,129 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,865 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,105. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 6,970 +1,105 -2,144

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.0% 6,970
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 2.5% 5,865
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.1% 7,172
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.2% 7,356
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.0% 6,927
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.2% 7,365
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.7% 8,420
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.5% 8,039
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 3.3% 7,719
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 3.7% 8,700
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 3.7% 8,599

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.