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Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 1.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Illinois 15.3% -1.9 +11.2
Springfield 13.8% -1.5 +9.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 14,891. There are now 998 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 13,893 -998 +9,498

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 14.6%
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 13.8% 13,893
April
2020
14.7% 17.2% 15.3% 14,891
March
2020
4.4% 4.2% 3.4% 3,474
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 3,732
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.6% 3,869
December
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 3,941
November
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 3,972
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 4,010
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.8% 4,052
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 4,098

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.