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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Montana 2.9% +0.1 -0.3
Missoula 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 9,011. There are now 7,111 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,639 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 261. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 1,900 +28 -125

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.9% 2.8% 1,900
August
2022
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 1,872
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.7% 1,822
June
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.6% 1,767
May
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.6% 1,714
April
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.5% 1,653
March
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.5% 1,639
February
2022
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 1,724
January
2022
4.0% 2.7% 2.7% 1,805
December
2021
3.9% 2.9% 2.9% 1,893
November
2021
4.2% 2.9% 2.9% 1,888

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.