Downtown Missoula

Regional leader draws diverse employers

As a regional hub for commerce in Western Montana, Missoula’s economy continues to climb. White-collar positions such as professional services, business, management, financial operations, sales and healthcare employ 80 percent of workers in Missoula. With a winning combination of professional opportunities for workers and affordable talent, the Missoula unemployment rate has remained lower than the national rate for the past decade.

Some of the top employers in Missoula include The University of Montana, St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula County Public Schools, Community Medical Center, DirecTV, Missoula County, U.S. Forest Service, Walmart, City of Missoula, Montana Rail Link, and Western Montana Clinic.

The technology industry has also shown exceptionally high growth. Local tech companies such as ClassPass, Submittable, Advanced Technology Group, and onXmaps are leading the way for technological expansion. Outdoor recreation, education, and health sectors are also experiencing an economic boom. Aiding with obtaining a job in one of these expanding industries, employment agencies in Missoula include Express Employment Professionals, LC Staffing Services, Missoula Job Service, Nelson Personnel, and Work Force Inc.

Missoula Economic Partnership

Established in 2011, the Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP) is a resource for economic development in Missoula and Missoula County. MEP serves a central role in a broad, collaborative effort involving over 100 business, individual, and government investors, as well as more than 30 strategic partners, all of whom share our vision of a vibrant, growing, and diversified regional economy.

MEP works to increase prosperity and improve quality of life by engaging in strategic business development, creating pathways for people to realize their potential, and fostering our culture of diversity and innovation. We assist growing businesses by connecting them with resources that aid with their expansion, like the Big Sky Trust Fund job creation grant program. If you’re interested in developing or expanding a successful business in our thriving mountain community, or relocating your existing business to Missoula, MEP will help connect you with the programs, resources, and people that can accelerate your success. Learn more about the Missoula Economic Partnership at