Department of Numbers

Montana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Montana fell 0.3 percentage points in March 2022 to 2.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Montana peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Montana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Montana 2.3% -0.3 -1.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Montana, National

Montana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Montana peaked in April 2020 at 65,509. There are now 52,403 fewer people unemployed in the state. Montana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Montana 13,106 -1,162 -6,742

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Montana from 1990 to March 2022

Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 2.3% 13,106
February 2022 3.8% 2.6% 14,268
January 2022 4.0% 2.7% 15,219
December 2021 3.9% 2.9% 16,195
November 2021 4.2% 2.9% 16,285
October 2021 4.6% 3.0% 16,679
September 2021 4.7% 3.2% 17,603
August 2021 5.2% 3.4% 18,725
July 2021 5.4% 3.5% 19,548
June 2021 5.9% 3.6% 19,990
May 2021 5.8% 3.6% 19,904