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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 15.6% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in July 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Massachusetts 5.4% +0.1 -3.0
Springfield 6.2% 0.0 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 52,658. There are now 30,031 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,069 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 558.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 22,627 +81 -10,100

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 6.2% 22,627
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 6.2% 22,546
September
2021
4.7% 5.2% 6.1% 22,224
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 6.1% 22,136
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 6.1% 22,069
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 6.2% 22,116
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 6.3% 22,453
April
2021
6.0% 6.4% 7.6% 27,486
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 7.7% 27,950
February
2021
6.2% 7.0% 7.9% 28,617
January
2021
6.4% 7.8% 7.9% 28,807

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.