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Billings, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Billings fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Billings peaked in February 2010 at 6.1% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Billings unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Montana 3.4% +0.1 -0.3
Billings 3.1% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 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 5,043. There are now 2,336 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,694 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13. Billings employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Billings, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Billings 2,707 +13 -224

Number of Unemployed Persons

Billings, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 2,707
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.1% 2,694
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 2,695
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 2,736
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 2,830
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.3% 2,898
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.4% 2,954
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 2,995
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 3,002
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.4% 2,971
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 2,930

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.