Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2017 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Montana peaked in February 2010 at 7.4% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Montana 3.9% +0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in March 2010 at 37,112. There are now 16,680 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,908 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 524. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 20,432 +459 -1,652

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to May 2017

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 3.9% 20,432
April 2017 4.4% 3.8% 19,973
March 2017 4.5% 3.8% 19,908
February 2017 4.7% 3.9% 20,276
January 2017 4.8% 3.9% 20,733
December 2016 4.7% 4.0% 21,027
November 2016 4.6% 4.0% 21,127
October 2016 4.8% 4.0% 21,275
September 2016 4.9% 4.1% 21,459
August 2016 4.9% 4.1% 21,664
July 2016 4.9% 4.1% 21,850
June 2016 4.9% 4.2% 21,996