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Great Falls, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Great Falls fell 0.4 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Great Falls peaked in April 2020 at 12.6% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Great Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Montana 4.0% -0.2 +0.3
Great Falls 3.9% -0.4 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Great Falls, Montana, National

Great Falls, Montana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Great Falls, Montana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Great Falls peaked in April 2020 at 4,638. There are now 3,211 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Great Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Great Falls, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Great Falls 1,427 -162 +147

Number of Unemployed Persons

Great Falls, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.9%
January
2021
6.3% 4.0% 3.9% 1,427
December
2020
6.7% 4.2% 4.3% 1,589
November
2020
6.7% 4.5% 4.8% 1,779
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.8% 1,782
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 5.3% 1,990
August
2020
8.4% 5.8% 5.7% 2,216
July
2020
10.2% 6.6% 6.5% 2,511
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 7.1% 2,685
May
2020
13.3% 9.1% 8.8% 3,295
April
2020
14.8% 11.9% 12.6% 4,638

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.