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Great Falls, Montana Job Growth

There were 34,500 jobs in Great Falls, Montana in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 35,563 employed persons for the month. Great Falls lost 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 51 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Great Falls job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 34,500 -200 -1,500
CPS 35,563 -51 -1,296

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 June 2015 at 36,300. Since then 1,800 jobs have been lost in Great Falls according to the employer survey. From a trough of 30,600 in April 2020, Great Falls has gained 3,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 39,022 for Great Falls in July 2006. 3,459 jobs have been lost in Great Falls since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 32,126, Great Falls has added 3,437 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Great Falls, Montana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 34,500 -200 35,563 -51
January 2021 34,700 0 35,614 -68
December 2020 34,700 -100 35,682 14
November 2020 34,800 100 35,668 46
October 2020 34,700 300 35,622 51
September 2020 34,400 0 35,571 -833
August 2020 34,400 500 36,404 3
July 2020 33,900 200 36,401 1,005
June 2020 33,700 800 35,396 1,169
May 2020 32,900 2,300 34,227 2,101
April 2020 30,600 -5,200 32,126 -4,364
March 2020 35,800 -200 36,490 -369