Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Montana 4.3% 0.0 +0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in March 2010 at 37,112. There are now 14,811 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 21,126 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,175. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 22,301 -144 +711

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to October 2016

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 4.3% 22,301
September 2016 5.0% 4.3% 22,445
August 2016 4.9% 4.3% 22,599
July 2016 4.9% 4.2% 22,199
June 2016 4.9% 4.2% 21,861
May 2016 4.7% 4.2% 21,865
April 2016 5.0% 4.2% 22,057
March 2016 5.0% 4.3% 22,477
February 2016 4.9% 4.2% 22,116
January 2016 4.9% 4.1% 21,657
December 2015 5.0% 4.1% 21,645