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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Montana 3.5% -0.1 -2.3
Missoula 3.6% -0.1 -2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 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 2020 at 9,067. There are now 6,791 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,276 -76 -1,637

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 3.5% 3.6% 2,276
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
6.1% 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
6.3% 4.0% 4.1% 2,556
December
2020
6.7% 4.2% 4.3% 2,678
November
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.5% 2,837
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.9% 3,069

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.