Department of Numbers

Montana Job Growth

There were 481,700 jobs in Montana in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 521,408 employed persons for the month. Montana lost 2,300 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,505 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Montana job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 481,700 -2,300 +13,200
CPS 521,408 +1,505 +10,101

Montana Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Montana as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Montana

CES employment peaked in January 2020 for Montana at 489,100. Since then 7,400 jobs have been lost in Montana according to the employer survey. From a trough of 425,800 in April 2020, Montana has gained 55,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Montana reached a maximum of 522,984 in December 2019. 1,576 jobs have been lost in Montana since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 479,153, Montana has added 42,255 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Montana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 481,700 -2,300 521,408 1,505
July 2021 484,000 2,900 519,903 2,057
June 2021 481,100 2,100 517,846 2,362
May 2021 479,000 -1,600 515,484 2,116
April 2021 480,600 -300 513,368 1,830
March 2021 480,900 2,900 511,538 1,025
February 2021 478,000 300 510,513 -1,178
January 2021 477,700 1,300 511,691 1,219
December 2020 476,400 800 510,472 -286
November 2020 475,600 1,200 510,758 -661
October 2020 474,400 300 511,419 -364
September 2020 474,100 5,600 511,783 476