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Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in August 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 December 2009 at 9.1% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 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
Missouri 3.2% -0.1 +0.2
Springfield 2.7% 0.0 +0.1
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, 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 February 2010 at 19,983. There are now 13,618 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,928 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 437. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 6,365 +41 +437

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.1%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.7% 6,365
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.7% 6,324
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 6,398
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 6,466
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 6,432
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 2.8% 6,451
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.7% 6,326
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.7% 6,330
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.6% 6,128
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.6% 6,110
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 6,045

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.