Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2014 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Montana peaked in August 2010 at 6.8% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Montana 4.6% +0.1 -1.1

Note: All comparisons are made with July data as August state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in October 2010 at 33,740. There are now 9,954 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,368 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 418. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 23,786 +418 -5,559

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to July 2014

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1%
July 2014 6.2% 4.6% 23,786
June 2014 6.1% 4.5% 23,368
May 2014 6.3% 4.6% 23,967
April 2014 6.3% 4.8% 24,953
March 2014 6.7% 5.1% 26,618
February 2014 6.7% 5.1% 26,600
January 2014 6.6% 5.3% 27,212
December 2013 6.7% 5.4% 27,565
November 2013 7.0% 5.4% 27,949
October 2013 7.2% 5.5% 28,372
September 2013 7.2% 5.6% 28,800
August 2013 7.2% 5.7% 29,165