Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2017 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Montana 3.8% -0.1 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 17,250 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 19,862 -414 -2,240

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 3.8% 19,862
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
May 2016 4.7% 4.2% 22,084
April 2016 5.0% 4.2% 22,111