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 2019 to 3.8%. 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 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Montana 3.8% 0.0 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 17,089 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,458 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 462. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 19,920 -39 +94

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8% 3.8% 19,920
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
August 2018 3.8% 3.7% 19,583
July 2018 3.9% 3.7% 19,497
June 2018 4.0% 3.7% 19,458
May 2018 3.8% 3.7% 19,468
April 2018 3.9% 3.7% 19,534
March 2018 4.0% 3.7% 19,659