Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2021 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Montana 3.3% -0.2 -1.9

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 46,339 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 18,116 -1,022 -9,786

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 3.3% 18,116
August 2021 5.2% 3.5% 19,138
July 2021 5.4% 3.6% 19,494
June 2021 5.9% 3.7% 19,667
May 2021 5.8% 3.6% 19,419
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