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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.5%. 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 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Montana 3.9% 0.0 -0.2
Missoula 3.5% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 2,243 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,050 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 117. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,167 +27 -156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.9%
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.5% 2,167
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.5% 2,140
June
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.5% 2,126
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.6% 2,224
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.4% 2,066
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.3% 2,050
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 3.4% 2,067
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 3.4% 2,115
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.6% 2,245
November
2016
4.6% 4.0% 3.6% 2,268
October
2016
4.8% 4.0% 3.7% 2,305

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.