Department of Numbers

Montana Job Growth

There were 479,900 jobs in Montana in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 515,589 employed persons for the month. Montana lost 700 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 2,221 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Montana job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 479,900 -700 +30,700
CPS 515,589 +2,221 +35,459

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 9,200 jobs have been lost in Montana according to the employer survey. From a trough of 425,800 in April 2020, Montana has gained 54,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Montana reached a maximum of 522,984 in December 2019. 7,395 jobs have been lost in Montana since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 479,153, Montana has added 36,436 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Montana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 479,900 -700 515,589 2,221
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
August 2020 468,500 3,700 511,307 1,476
July 2020 464,800 4,300 509,831 2,075
June 2020 460,500 11,300 507,756 27,626