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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.9%. 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 February 2010 at 6.8% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Montana 5.1% -0.2 -0.6
Missoula 4.9% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 3,969. There are now 994 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,861 in November 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 114. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,975 +3 -251

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 5.1%
February
2014
6.7% 5.1% 4.9% 2,975
January
2014
6.6% 5.3% 4.9% 2,972
December
2013
6.7% 5.4% 4.9% 2,907
November
2013
7.0% 5.4% 4.8% 2,861
October
2013
7.2% 5.5% 4.9% 2,888
September
2013
7.2% 5.6% 4.9% 2,877
August
2013
7.2% 5.7% 5.0% 2,905
July
2013
7.3% 5.7% 5.1% 2,962
June
2013
7.5% 5.7% 5.2% 3,062
May
2013
7.5% 5.7% 5.3% 3,119
April
2013
7.5% 5.7% 5.4% 3,173
March
2013
7.5% 5.7% 5.4% 3,212

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.