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Great Falls, Montana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Great Falls fell 0.4 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Montana rate. The unemployment rate in Great Falls peaked in December 2010 at 6.7% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Great Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Montana 4.0% -0.1 0.0
Great Falls 3.7% -0.4 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 1,155 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,378 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6. Great Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Great Falls, Montana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Great Falls 1,384 -150 +6

Number of Unemployed Persons

Great Falls, Montana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Montana
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployment Rate
Great Falls
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.9%
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.7% 1,384
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.8% 1,466
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.8% 1,464
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 3.8% 1,459
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.8% 1,446
July
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.8% 1,434
June
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.8% 1,422

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.