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Great Falls, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Great Falls fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.6%. 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 December 2010 at 6.7% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Great Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Montana 3.7% +0.1 -0.4
Great Falls 3.6% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 January 2011 at 2,539. There are now 1,202 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,252 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 85. Great Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Great Falls, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Great Falls 1,337 -37 -127

Number of Unemployed Persons

Great Falls, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 1,337
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.7% 1,374
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 1,319
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 1,294
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.4% 1,283
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.3% 1,252
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.7% 1,389
March
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.1% 1,534
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.1% 1,568
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.9% 1,474
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.8% 1,451

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.