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Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Illinois 4.0% -0.2 -0.2
Springfield 3.9% -0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 February 2010 at 9,653. There are now 5,325 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 4,328 -255 -436

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.9%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 4,328
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.1% 4,583
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.3% 4,817
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.6% 5,115
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.8% 5,325
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.7% 5,281
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.7% 5,183
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.6% 5,140
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 4,973
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.5% 4,965
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.4% 4,915

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.