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Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 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
Missouri 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Springfield 2.5% 0.0 -1.3
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, 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 April 2020 at 26,573. There are now 20,614 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,379 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 580. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 5,959 +30 -3,157

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 2.5% 5,959
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 2.5% 5,929
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 2.3% 5,563
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 2.3% 5,479
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 2.3% 5,379
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.5% 8,435
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 3.4% 8,136
April
2021
6.0% 4.1% 3.4% 8,026
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.4% 8,117
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 3.5% 8,248
January
2021
6.4% 4.3% 3.4% 8,007

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.