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Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 14.7% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Illinois 4.5% 0.0 -1.0
Springfield 4.3% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 May 2020 at 14,708. There are now 10,123 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,504 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 81. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 4,585 -112 -448

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.5% 4.3% 4,585
August
2022
3.7% 4.5% 4.4% 4,697
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 4.5% 4,777
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 4.6% 4,815
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.6% 4,860
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 4,643
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 4.3% 4,504
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 4.3% 4,557
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 4.4% 4,623
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 4.6% 4,756
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 4.5% 4,741

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.