Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Montana peaked in February 2010 at 7.4% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Montana 3.4% -0.1 -0.3

Note: All comparisons are made with July data as August state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in March 2010 at 37,009. There are now 19,146 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 17,863 -580 -1,634

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to July 2019

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 3.4% 17,863
June 2019 3.7% 3.5% 18,443
May 2019 3.6% 3.6% 18,958
April 2019 3.6% 3.7% 19,378
March 2019 3.8% 3.7% 19,710
February 2019 3.8% 3.8% 19,932
January 2019 4.0% 3.8% 19,959
December 2018 3.9% 3.7% 19,693
November 2018 3.7% 3.7% 19,711
October 2018 3.8% 3.7% 19,717
September 2018 3.7% 3.7% 19,672