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Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in July 2009 at 9.0% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 -0.5
Springfield 2.5% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 14,247 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 77. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 5,859 +77 -801

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.5% 5,859
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.5% 5,782
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.6% 6,061
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.7% 6,311
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 2.7% 6,289
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 2.9% 6,635
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.0% 6,945
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 2.9% 6,654
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 2.9% 6,663
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 7,224
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 7,208

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.