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Billings, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Billings fell 0.5 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.1%. 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 11.5% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Billings unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Montana 3.6% -0.1 -3.0
Billings 3.1% -0.5 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 10,214. There are now 7,511 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Billings employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Billings, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Billings 2,703 -453 -2,641

Number of Unemployed Persons

Billings, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployment Rate
Billings
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.6% 3.1% 2,703
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.6% 3,156
May
2021
5.8% 3.6% 3.6% 3,128
April
2021
6.1% 3.7% 3.7% 3,159
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 3.7% 3,167
February
2021
6.2% 3.9% 4.4% 3,803
January
2021
6.3% 4.0% 3.9% 3,384
December
2020
6.7% 4.2% 4.0% 3,533
November
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.2% 3,687
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.4% 3,908
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.7% 4,227

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.