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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in March 2010 at 6.8% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Montana 4.5% -0.1 -0.6
Missoula 3.9% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 September 2010 at 3,965. There are now 1,568 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,397 -59 -625

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5%
January
2015
5.7% 4.4%
December
2014
5.6% 4.5% 3.9% 2,397
November
2014
5.8% 4.6% 4.0% 2,456
October
2014
5.7% 4.6% 4.1% 2,539
September
2014
5.9% 4.6% 4.2% 2,594
August
2014
6.1% 4.6% 4.3% 2,618
July
2014
6.2% 4.6% 4.3% 2,629
June
2014
6.1% 4.7% 4.3% 2,635
May
2014
6.3% 4.7% 4.5% 2,745
April
2014
6.2% 4.7% 4.7% 2,867
March
2014
6.6% 4.8% 5.0% 3,023

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.