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Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in July 2009 at 9.0% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Missouri 3.7% 0.0 -0.3
Springfield 2.9% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Springfield, Missouri, National

Springfield, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Springfield, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Springfield peaked in March 2010 at 20,099. There are now 13,452 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,865 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 782. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 6,647 -557 -2,053

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 2.9% 6,647
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 7,204
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 7,223
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.0% 6,943
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 2.5% 5,865
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 3.1% 7,172
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.2% 7,356
July
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.0% 6,927
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.2% 7,365
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.7% 8,420
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.5% 8,039

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.