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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Montana 2.8% -0.3 -1.7
Missoula 2.5% -0.2 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 2020 at 9,067. There are now 7,452 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 1,615 -130 -1,222

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 2.5% 1,615
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 2.7% 1,745
September
2021
4.7% 3.3% 2.9% 1,827
August
2021
5.2% 3.5% 3.6% 2,275
July
2021
5.4% 3.6% 3.7% 2,352
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.8% 2,400
May
2021
5.8% 3.6% 3.8% 2,382
April
2021
6.0% 3.7% 3.9% 2,414
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 3.9% 2,430
February
2021
6.2% 3.9% 4.1% 2,507
January
2021
6.4% 4.0% 4.1% 2,556

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.