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Billings, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Billings fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Billings peaked in February 2010 at 6.2% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Billings unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Montana 4.0% -0.1 0.0
Billings 3.4% -0.3 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 February 2010 at 5,096. There are now 2,116 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,818 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 162. Billings employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Billings, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Billings 2,980 -276 +27

Number of Unemployed Persons

Billings, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.9%
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.4% 2,980
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.7% 3,256
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.8% 3,347
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 3,166
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 3,135
November
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 3,167
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 3,148
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 3.6% 3,125
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.6% 3,109
July
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.5% 3,086
June
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.5% 3,039

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.