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 2015 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 3.9% in May 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Montana 4.0% -0.1 -0.5

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in March 2010 at 37,112. There are now 15,989 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 20,336 in May 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 787. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 21,123 -166 -2,286

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to December 2015

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.0% 21,123
November 2015 5.0% 4.1% 21,289
October 2015 5.0% 4.1% 21,596
September 2015 5.1% 4.1% 21,690
August 2015 5.1% 4.2% 21,794
July 2015 5.3% 4.0% 21,165
June 2015 5.3% 3.9% 20,357
May 2015 5.5% 3.9% 20,336
April 2015 5.4% 4.0% 20,856
March 2015 5.5% 4.2% 21,711
February 2015 5.5% 4.3% 22,394