Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Montana peaked in February 2010 at 7.4% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Montana 3.9% -0.1 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in March 2010 at 37,009. There are now 16,474 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 20,535 -704 -370

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to May 2018

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
May 2018 3.8% 3.9% 20,535
April 2018 3.9% 4.0% 21,239
March 2018 4.1% 4.1% 21,620
February 2018 4.1% 4.1% 21,690
January 2018 4.1% 4.1% 21,529
December 2017 4.1% 4.1% 21,531
November 2017 4.1% 4.1% 21,559
October 2017 4.1% 4.1% 21,579
September 2017 4.2% 4.1% 21,512
August 2017 4.4% 4.1% 21,385
July 2017 4.3% 4.0% 21,219
June 2017 4.3% 4.0% 21,032