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Springfield, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.3%. 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 15.4% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in May 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Illinois 7.1% -0.1 -4.9
Springfield 5.3% -0.1 -5.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 14,838. There are now 9,365 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,160 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 313. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 5,473 +75 -5,540

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 5.3% 5,473
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 5.4% 5,398
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 5.2% 5,160
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 5.9% 5,798
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 5.7% 5,662
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 5.8% 5,693
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 7.0% 6,986
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 7.3% 7,400
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 6.4% 6,484
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 6.4% 6,961
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 7.3% 7,687

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.