Department of Numbers

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Illinois 7.4% -0.3 +3.8
Springfield 5.6% +0.1 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 9,318 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,461 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 112. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 5,573 +112 +1,841

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 5.6% 5,573
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 5.5% 5,461
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 6.2% 6,369
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 6.1% 6,354
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.9% 6,395
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 8.2% 8,740
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 8.9% 9,462
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 9.2% 9,563
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 11.8% 12,594
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 13.9% 14,107
April
2020
14.8% 16.5% 15.3% 14,891

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.