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Missoula, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Missoula fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2023 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Missoula peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Missoula unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.4% -0.1 -0.6
Montana 2.5% -0.1 -0.1
Missoula 2.4% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2023 data as February 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 7,361 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 11. Missoula employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Missoula, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Missoula 1,650 -109 -155

Number of Unemployed Persons

Missoula, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployment Rate
Missoula
Unemployed
February
2023
3.6%
January
2023
3.4% 2.5% 2.4% 1,650
December
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.6% 1,759
November
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.7% 1,848
October
2022
3.7% 2.7% 2.9% 1,935
September
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 1,900
August
2022
3.7% 2.7% 2.8% 1,872
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.7% 1,822
June
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.6% 1,767
May
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.6% 1,714
April
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.5% 1,653
March
2022
3.6% 2.5% 2.5% 1,639

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.