Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2018 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 3.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
Montana 3.6% -0.1 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in March 2010 at 37,009. There are now 17,919 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 19,090 -5 -2,422

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to September 2018

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7%
September 2018 3.7% 3.6% 19,090
August 2018 3.9% 3.7% 19,095
July 2018 3.9% 3.7% 19,426
June 2018 4.0% 3.8% 19,918
May 2018 3.8% 3.9% 20,541
April 2018 3.9% 4.0% 21,239
March 2018 4.1% 4.1% 21,620
February 2018 4.1% 4.1% 21,690
January 2018 4.1% 4.1% 21,529
December 2017 4.1% 4.1% 21,531
November 2017 4.1% 4.1% 21,559