Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Montana 4.2% -0.1 -1.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 11,888 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 21,852 -708 -5,713

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 4.2% 21,852
November 2014 5.8% 4.3% 22,560
October 2014 5.7% 4.5% 23,391
September 2014 5.9% 4.6% 23,921
August 2014 6.1% 4.7% 24,211
July 2014 6.2% 4.6% 23,783
June 2014 6.1% 4.5% 23,368
May 2014 6.3% 4.6% 23,967
April 2014 6.2% 4.8% 24,953
March 2014 6.6% 5.1% 26,618
February 2014 6.7% 5.1% 26,600