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Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.5%. 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 9.5% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Massachusetts 2.9% 0.0 -0.4
Springfield 3.5% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 34,579. There are now 20,852 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 13,727 -2 -1,535

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.5% 13,727
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.5% 13,729
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.6% 14,080
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.7% 14,151
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.6% 13,949
March
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.7% 14,120
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.7% 14,287
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 3.8% 14,593
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.8% 14,715
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.8% 14,678
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.8% 14,697

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.