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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 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
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1 0.0
Springfield 4.1% 0.0 -0.2
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, Massachusetts, National

Springfield, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Springfield peaked in February 2010 at 34,650. There are now 18,893 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,861 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 896.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 15,757 -42 -1

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 4.1% 15,757
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 4.1% 15,799
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.4% 16,733
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.5% 17,037
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 4.4% 16,880
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 4.3% 16,292
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.4% 16,402
March
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.3% 16,193
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.2% 15,695
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 4.0% 14,861
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 4.1% 15,092

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.