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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 11.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Montana 2.3% 0.0 -1.3
Missoula 2.5% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 9,011. There are now 7,357 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,639 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 1,654 +15 -744

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.5% 1,654
March
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.5% 1,639
February
2022
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 1,724
January
2022
4.0% 2.7% 2.7% 1,805
December
2021
3.9% 2.9% 2.9% 1,893
November
2021
4.2% 2.9% 2.9% 1,888
October
2021
4.6% 3.0% 2.9% 1,918
September
2021
4.7% 3.2% 3.1% 2,025
August
2021
5.2% 3.4% 3.3% 2,154
July
2021
5.4% 3.5% 3.5% 2,269
June
2021
5.9% 3.6% 3.6% 2,344

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.