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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in March 2010 at 7.5% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in May 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Montana 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Missoula 3.8% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 4,403. There are now 2,035 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,190 in May 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 178. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,368 +19 -139

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.0% 3.8% 2,368
November
2015
5.0% 4.1% 3.8% 2,349
October
2015
5.0% 4.1% 3.8% 2,359
September
2015
5.1% 4.1% 3.7% 2,254
August
2015
5.1% 4.2% 3.8% 2,368
July
2015
5.3% 4.0% 3.9% 2,419
June
2015
5.3% 3.9% 3.7% 2,251
May
2015
5.5% 3.9% 3.6% 2,190
April
2015
5.4% 4.0% 3.7% 2,263
March
2015
5.5% 4.2% 3.9% 2,380
February
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.9% 2,425

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.