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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in March 2010 at 7.5% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Montana 4.3% +0.1 +0.2
Missoula 3.9% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 2,023 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,296 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 91. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,387 +25 +59

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 4.2%
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 3.9% 2,387
February
2016
4.9% 4.2% 3.8% 2,362
January
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.7% 2,296
December
2015
5.0% 4.1% 3.8% 2,354
November
2015
5.0% 4.1% 3.8% 2,378
October
2015
5.0% 4.1% 3.9% 2,385
September
2015
5.1% 4.1% 3.8% 2,361
August
2015
5.1% 4.1% 3.9% 2,360
July
2015
5.3% 4.1% 3.9% 2,386
June
2015
5.3% 4.1% 3.9% 2,389
May
2015
5.5% 4.1% 3.9% 2,373

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.