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Billings, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Billings fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Billings peaked in February 2010 at 6.2% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Billings unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Montana 3.7% +0.1 -0.4
Billings 3.3% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2,202 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,713 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 181. Billings employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Billings, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Billings 2,894 +23 -254

Number of Unemployed Persons

Billings, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 2,894
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.3% 2,871
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.2% 2,766
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 2,869
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.2% 2,767
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.1% 2,713
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.4% 2,988
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

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.