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Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 1.2 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 9.7% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Missouri 4.3% -0.1 +0.7
Springfield 3.9% -1.2 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 22,488. There are now 13,390 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,557 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 541. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 9,098 -2,792 +1,512

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.2%
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.9% 9,098
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 5.1% 11,890
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.7% 8,557
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 3.7% 8,596
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 3.8% 8,691
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 5.5% 12,891
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 6.1% 14,455
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 7.2% 16,950
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 8.5% 19,531
April
2020
14.8% 12.5% 9.7% 22,488

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.