Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2020 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -0.3
Montana 3.5% 0.0 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in March 2010 at 37,009. There are now 18,326 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 18,431 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 252. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 18,683 +5 +160

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to February 2020

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5% 3.5% 18,683
January 2020 3.6% 3.5% 18,678
December 2019 3.5% 3.5% 18,716
November 2019 3.5% 3.5% 18,739
October 2019 3.6% 3.5% 18,757
September 2019 3.5% 3.5% 18,711
August 2019 3.7% 3.5% 18,611
July 2019 3.7% 3.5% 18,514
June 2019 3.7% 3.5% 18,450
May 2019 3.6% 3.5% 18,431
April 2019 3.6% 3.5% 18,448
March 2019 3.8% 3.5% 18,482