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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 3.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in April 2020 at 13.3% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Montana 9.0% -2.9 +5.5
Missoula 9.8% -3.5 +6.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,256 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 6,213 -2,256 +4,225

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 9.8% 6,213
April
2020
14.7% 11.9% 13.3% 8,469
March
2020
4.4% 3.6% 3.3% 2,098
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 2,083
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 2,081
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 2,133
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 2,125
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 2,111
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 2,091
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 2,062
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 2,031

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.