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Springfield, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Springfield fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2021 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Springfield peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Springfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Missouri 4.1% -0.1 -8.4
Springfield 3.4% 0.0 -8.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 18,557 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,007 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9. Springfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Springfield, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Springfield 8,016 -101 -18,557

Number of Unemployed Persons

Springfield, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployment Rate
Springfield
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 4.1% 3.4% 8,016
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.4% 8,117
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 3.5% 8,248
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.4% 8,007
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.7% 8,836
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.8% 9,116
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 4.0% 9,485
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.2% 10,012
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 4.6% 10,824
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 6.0% 14,440
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 7.4% 17,180

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.