Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.0%. 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 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Montana 4.0% 0.0 -0.1

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 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 16,292 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 20,820 -389 -825

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.0% 20,820
November 2016 4.6% 4.0% 21,209
October 2016 4.8% 4.3% 22,338
September 2016 4.9% 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