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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in April 2020 at 13.3% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Montana 3.9% -0.1 +0.2
Missoula 4.3% -0.1 +1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 8,469. There are now 5,791 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,678 -58 +595

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.9% 4.3% 2,678
January
2021
6.3% 4.0% 4.4% 2,736
December
2020
6.7% 4.2% 4.5% 2,935
November
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.7% 3,014
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.6% 2,965
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 5.3% 3,409
August
2020
8.4% 5.8% 5.9% 3,941
July
2020
10.2% 6.6% 6.6% 4,413
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 7.4% 4,898
May
2020
13.3% 9.1% 9.8% 6,249
April
2020
14.8% 11.9% 13.3% 8,469

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.