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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 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 September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
Montana 3.6% -0.1 -0.5
Missoula 3.4% +0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2018 data as October 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 2,342 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 204. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 2,081 +97 -268

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
October
2018
3.7% 3.7%
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.4% 2,081
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.2% 1,984
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.2% 1,969
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.0% 1,877
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.1% 1,945
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.3% 2,069
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 2,272
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.9% 2,401
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.8% 2,335
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.7% 2,329
November
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.7% 2,311

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.