Department of Numbers

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in July 2009 at 9.0% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 2018, 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 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Missouri 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
Springfield 2.7% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 20,106. There are now 13,857 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,782 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 467. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 6,249 -600 -414

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.7% 6,249
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.9% 6,849
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 6,583
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.6% 5,971
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.5% 5,853
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 5,782
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 6,061
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.7% 6,311
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.7% 6,289
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.9% 6,635
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.0% 6,945

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.