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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in March 2010 at 7.5% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Montana 3.8% 0.0 0.0
Missoula 3.4% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 2010 at 4,423. There are now 2,228 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,877 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 318. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,195 -126 -206

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.7%
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 2,195
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.6% 2,321
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 2,156
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 2,070
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 2,091
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.4% 2,084
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 1,984
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.2% 1,969
June
2018
4.0% 3.7% 3.0% 1,877
May
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.1% 1,945
April
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 2,069

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.