Department of Numbers

Montana Job Growth

There were 470,200 jobs in Montana in October 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 509,861 employed persons for the month. Montana added 1,200 jobs in October 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 3,727 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Montana job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 470,200 +1,200 -14,400
CPS 509,861 +3,727 -7,360

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 February 2020 for Montana at 489,400. Since then 19,200 jobs have been lost in Montana according to the employer survey. From a trough of 425,100 in April 2020, Montana has gained 45,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Montana reached a maximum of 519,559 in March 2020. 9,698 jobs have been lost in Montana since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 458,407, Montana has added 51,454 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2020

Montana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2020 470,200 1,200 509,861 3,727
September 2020 469,000 4,400 506,134 3,884
August 2020 464,600 3,600 502,250 2,563
July 2020 461,000 2,900 499,687 2,860
June 2020 458,100 14,500 496,827 20,235
May 2020 443,600 18,500 476,592 18,185
April 2020 425,100 -63,500 458,407 -61,152
March 2020 488,600 -800 519,559 917
February 2020 489,400 200 518,642 800
January 2020 489,200 2,100 517,842 864
December 2019 487,100 600 516,978 -106
November 2019 486,500 1,900 517,084 -137