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Billings, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Billings rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Billings peaked in February 2010 at 6.2% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Billings unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Montana 4.0% +0.1 0.0
Billings 3.6% +0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Billings, Montana, National

Billings, Montana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Billings, Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Billings peaked in February 2010 at 5,099. There are now 1,918 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,801 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 380. Billings employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Billings, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Billings 3,181 +156 +30

Number of Unemployed Persons

Billings, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.6% 3,181
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.4% 3,025
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.4% 3,027
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.3% 2,899
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.3% 2,918
June
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.3% 2,922
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.4% 2,928
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.3% 2,850
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.2% 2,818
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 3.4% 2,955
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 3.5% 3,116

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.