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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in March 2010 at 7.5% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Montana 3.9% -0.1 -0.3
Missoula 3.4% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Missoula, Montana, National

Missoula, Montana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Missoula, Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missoula peaked in April 2010 at 4,410. There are now 2,315 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,095 -104 -201

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 3.4% 2,095
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.5% 2,199
November
2016
4.6% 4.0% 3.6% 2,233
October
2016
4.8% 4.0% 3.9% 2,401
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.7% 2,294
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.9% 2,410
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.9% 2,397
June
2016
4.9% 4.2% 3.7% 2,297
May
2016
4.7% 4.2% 3.6% 2,180
April
2016
5.0% 4.2% 3.5% 2,153
March
2016
5.0% 4.2% 3.9% 2,400

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.