1. Springfield unemployment rate rises in January, but is lower than it was a year ago

    Springfield unemployment rate rises in January, but is lower than it was a year ago

    Unemployment in the city of Springfield rose in January, likely because seasonal jobs at stores and delivery services ended, according to numbers released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for the city of Springfield in January was 7.2 percent, up two percentage points from 5.2 percent recorded in December. But the unemployment rate was higher, at 8.9 percent, a year ago in January 2016. Unlike statewide and national unemployment data, local employment numbers are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the ...

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