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Great Falls, Montana Job Growth

There were 35,900 jobs in Great Falls, Montana in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 36,320 employed persons for the month. Great Falls lost 200 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 135 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Great Falls job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 35,900 -200 +100
CPS 36,320 +135 -278

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Great Falls, Montana Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Great Falls 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 for Great Falls, Montana

CES employment for Great Falls peaked in February 2015 at 36,300. Since then 400 jobs have been lost in Great Falls according to the employer survey. From a trough of 35,400 in July 2016, Great Falls has gained 500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 39,035 for Great Falls in July 2006. 2,715 jobs have been lost in Great Falls since then according to the household survey. From a February 2011 low of 35,274, Great Falls has added 1,046 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Great Falls, Montana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 35,900 -200 36,320 135
September 2018 36,100 200 36,185 9
August 2018 35,900 -100 36,176 -38
July 2018 36,000 0 36,214 -174
June 2018 36,000 0 36,388 16
May 2018 36,000 200 36,372 103
April 2018 35,800 -100 36,269 -50
March 2018 35,900 0 36,319 -93
February 2018 35,900 -200 36,412 -49
January 2018 36,100 200 36,461 -167
December 2017 35,900 200 36,628 16
November 2017 35,700 -100 36,612 14