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Great Falls, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Great Falls fell 4.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Great Falls peaked in April 2020 at 12.6% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Great Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Montana 9.0% -2.9 +5.5
Great Falls 8.6% -4.0 +5.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 1,367 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Great Falls 3,271 -1,367 +1,979

Number of Unemployed Persons

Great Falls, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 7.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 8.6% 3,271
April
2020
14.7% 11.9% 12.6% 4,638
March
2020
4.4% 3.6% 3.3% 1,253
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 1,288
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 1,280
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 1,260
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 1,268
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 1,276
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 1,282
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 1,283

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.