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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.9%. 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 April 2020 at 15.8% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Massachusetts 3.4% -0.2 -1.7
Springfield 3.9% -0.1 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 May 2020 at 54,406. There are now 39,858 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 14,548 -250 -7,455

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.9% 14,548
August
2022
3.7% 3.6% 4.0% 14,798
July
2022
3.5% 3.5% 4.0% 15,048
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 4.2% 15,855
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 4.5% 16,761
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.7% 17,580
March
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.9% 18,535
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 5.3% 19,668
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 5.5% 20,661
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 5.7% 21,464
November
2021
4.2% 4.8% 5.7% 21,377

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.