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Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 15.4% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in September 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Illinois 5.7% -0.3 -2.4
Springfield 4.4% 0.0 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Springfield, Illinois, National

Springfield, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Springfield, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 14,838. There are now 10,343 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,429 in September 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 66. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 4,495 +2 -1,989

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 4.4% 4,495
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 4.4% 4,493
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 4.4% 4,429
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 5.5% 5,612
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 5.3% 5,470
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 5.4% 5,398
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 5.2% 5,160
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 5.9% 5,798
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 5.7% 5,662
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 5.8% 5,693
January
2021
6.4% 7.7% 7.0% 6,986

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.