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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1 -0.6
Springfield 3.5% -0.3 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 20,903 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 13,747 -997 -1,948

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.5% 13,747
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 3.8% 14,744
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.8% 14,533
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.8% 14,622
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 4.1% 15,757
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 4.1% 15,799
August
2018
3.8% 3.3% 4.4% 16,733
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 4.5% 17,037
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 4.4% 16,880
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 4.3% 16,292
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.4% 16,402

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.