Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2015 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
Montana 4.1% -0.2 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 15,456 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 21,656 -738 -3,224

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4%
March 2015 5.5% 4.1% 21,656
February 2015 5.5% 4.3% 22,394
January 2015 5.7% 4.4% 23,067
December 2014 5.6% 4.5% 23,409
November 2014 5.8% 4.6% 23,543
October 2014 5.7% 4.6% 23,687
September 2014 5.9% 4.6% 23,817
August 2014 6.1% 4.6% 23,915
July 2014 6.2% 4.6% 23,994
June 2014 6.1% 4.7% 24,082
May 2014 6.3% 4.7% 24,237