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 2021 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Montana peaked in April 2020 at 11.9% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Montana 3.6% -0.1 -5.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in April 2020 at 64,455. There are now 45,096 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 19,359 -313 -28,734

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to May 2021

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 3.6% 19,359
April 2021 6.1% 3.7% 19,672
March 2021 6.0% 3.8% 19,965
February 2021 6.2% 3.9% 20,749
January 2021 6.3% 4.0% 21,219
December 2020 6.7% 4.2% 22,462
November 2020 6.7% 4.5% 23,791
October 2020 6.9% 4.7% 25,453
September 2020 7.8% 5.2% 27,902
August 2020 8.4% 5.8% 31,335
July 2020 10.2% 6.6% 35,916