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Billings, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Billings fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Billings peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Billings unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Montana 3.9% -0.1 +0.2
Billings 4.4% -0.1 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Billings, Montana, National

Billings, Montana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Billings, Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Billings peaked in April 2020 at 9,749. There are now 5,960 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,756 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 33. Billings employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Billings, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Billings 3,789 -104 +980

Number of Unemployed Persons

Billings, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.9% 4.4% 3,789
January
2021
6.3% 4.0% 4.5% 3,893
December
2020
6.7% 4.2% 4.3% 3,756
November
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.4% 3,823
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.4% 3,839
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.8% 4,210
August
2020
8.4% 5.8% 5.3% 4,693
July
2020
10.2% 6.6% 6.0% 5,325
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 6.5% 5,800
May
2020
13.3% 9.1% 8.4% 7,203
April
2020
14.8% 11.9% 11.4% 9,749

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.