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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in June 2020 at 17.1% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.8% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Massachusetts 7.1% -0.7 +4.3
Springfield 8.0% 0.0 +4.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 June 2020 at 61,608. There are now 33,216 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 27,547 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 845.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 28,392 -301 +15,222

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.1% 8.0% 28,392
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 8.0% 28,693
December
2020
6.7% 8.4% 8.8% 31,237
November
2020
6.7% 8.4% 7.8% 27,547
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 7.9% 27,809
September
2020
7.8% 8.9% 10.1% 37,051
August
2020
8.4% 9.3% 11.5% 39,733
July
2020
10.2% 9.8% 16.0% 57,518
June
2020
11.1% 14.8% 17.1% 61,608
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 15.8% 54,178
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 15.5% 51,247

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.