Department of Numbers

Montana Job Growth

There were 476,000 jobs in Montana in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 505,098 employed persons for the month. Montana lost 300 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 358 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Montana job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 476,000 -300 +3,900
CPS 505,098 -358 -1,845

Montana Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Montana as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Montana

CES employment peaked in February 2017 for Montana at 477,000. Since then 1,000 jobs have been lost in Montana according to the employer survey. From a trough of 473,200 in July 2017, Montana has gained 2,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Montana reached a maximum of 507,322 in December 2016. 2,224 jobs have been lost in Montana since then according to the household survey. From a May 2017 low of 504,411, Montana has added 687 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Montana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 476,000 -300 505,098 -358
October 2017 476,300 2,200 505,456 -35
September 2017 474,100 -500 505,491 750
August 2017 474,600 1,400 504,741 271
July 2017 473,200 -500 504,470 -164
June 2017 473,700 -700 504,634 223
May 2017 474,400 -1,100 504,411 -814
April 2017 475,500 -1,200 505,225 -818
March 2017 476,700 -300 506,043 -228
February 2017 477,000 2,700 506,271 -455
January 2017 474,300 2,600 506,726 -596
December 2016 471,700 -400 507,322 379