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Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in February 2010 at 8.5% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Illinois 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Springfield 4.3% +0.3 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 9,759. There are now 5,054 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,795 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 910. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 4,705 +314 +341

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 4,705
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.0% 4,391
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.0% 4,406
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.9% 4,306
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.1% 4,514
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.9% 4,282
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.9% 4,284
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.8% 4,168
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.5% 3,795
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.8% 4,089
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.0% 4,317

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.