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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.0%. 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 March 2010 at 7.5% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Montana 3.3% -0.1 -0.4
Missoula 3.0% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 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 2010 at 4,413. There are now 2,474 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 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 1,939 -23 -163

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.3%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 1,939
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 1,962
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 2,028
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.3% 2,095
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.4% 2,142
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 2,178
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.5% 2,210
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.5% 2,213
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 2,155
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.4% 2,159
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 2,158

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.