Department of Numbers

Montana Job Growth

There were 476,400 jobs in Montana in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 505,993 employed persons for the month. Montana lost 600 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 278 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Montana job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 476,400 -600 +10,000
CPS 505,993 -278 +3,036

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 600 jobs have been lost in Montana according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Montana reached a maximum of 507,322 in December 2016. 1,329 jobs have been lost in Montana since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Montana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 476,400 -600 505,993 -278
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
November 2016 472,100 2,500 506,943 502
October 2016 469,600 900 506,441 596
September 2016 468,700 1,100 505,845 618
August 2016 467,600 -200 505,227 570
July 2016 467,800 700 504,657 532
June 2016 467,100 -400 504,125 455
May 2016 467,500 0 503,670 371
April 2016 467,500 1,100 503,299 342