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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula rose 0.2 percentage points in October 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 3.5% in April 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Montana 4.3% 0.0 +0.2
Missoula 3.9% +0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 2,022 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,153 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 235. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,388 +94 +3

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.3% 3.9% 2,388
September
2016
5.0% 4.3% 3.7% 2,294
August
2016
4.9% 4.3% 3.9% 2,410
July
2016
4.9% 4.2% 3.9% 2,397
June
2016
4.9% 4.2% 3.7% 2,297
May
2016
4.7% 4.2% 3.6% 2,180
April
2016
5.0% 4.2% 3.5% 2,153
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 3.9% 2,400
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

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.