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Billings, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Billings fell 0.9 percentage points in August 2020 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Billings peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Billings unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Montana 5.6% -0.9 +2.1
Billings 5.1% -0.9 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 5,227 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Billings employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Billings, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Billings 4,522 -803 +1,727

Number of Unemployed Persons

Billings, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 5.6% 5.1% 4,522
July
2020
10.2% 6.5% 6.0% 5,325
June
2020
11.1% 7.2% 6.5% 5,800
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 8.4% 7,203
April
2020
14.7% 11.9% 11.4% 9,749
March
2020
4.4% 3.6% 3.2% 2,820
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 2,809
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 2,801
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 2,793
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 2,800
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 2,803

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.