Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Montana 4.2% 0.0 +0.1

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 15,298 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 21,126 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 688. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 21,814 -243 +612

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 4.2% 21,814
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
November 2015 5.0% 4.1% 21,618
October 2015 5.0% 4.1% 21,590
September 2015 5.1% 4.1% 21,558
August 2015 5.1% 4.1% 21,516
July 2015 5.3% 4.1% 21,437
June 2015 5.3% 4.1% 21,327