Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 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 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Montana 4.9% -0.1 +1.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in April 2020 at 62,181. There are now 35,616 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 26,565 -91 +7,826

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 4.9% 26,565
October 2020 6.9% 5.0% 26,656
September 2020 7.8% 5.4% 28,856
August 2020 8.4% 5.8% 30,984
July 2020 10.2% 6.5% 34,573
June 2020 11.1% 7.2% 38,288
May 2020 13.3% 9.0% 47,259
April 2020 14.8% 11.9% 62,181
March 2020 4.4% 3.6% 19,218
February 2020 3.5% 3.5% 18,694
January 2020 3.5% 3.5% 18,678