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Governor Bullock Announces Montana Unemployment Rate Remains at Ideal Level

Monday, July 24, 2017/Categories: Governor's Office, Montana.gov/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9% in June, half a percentage point below the national average. The U.S. unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.4%.

“Montana’s economy continues to grow and diversify and more Main Street Montana businesses are expanding and hiring more workers,” said Governor Bullock. “As summer kicks into high gear, we are continuing to find new ways to ensure Montana businesses have a steady pipeline of skilled workers to fill good-paying jobs.”

Total employment levels, which include self-employed and agricultural workers, increased by 220 jobs over the month. The number of people in the labor force also increased over the past month, keeping the unemployment rate unchanged. Payroll employment estimates indicate a loss of 600 jobs over the month, but an increase of 6,700 jobs since June 2016.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in June. A decline in the energy index offset an increase in the index for all items less food and energy. Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U has increased by 1.6%. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in June. 

** Unemployment figures are seasonally-adjusted.  Seasonally-adjusted numbers remove the effects of events that follow a more or less regular month-to-month pattern each year. These adjustments make nonseasonal patterns easier to identify. The margin of error for the unemployment rate is plus or minus 0.5 percentage points at the 90 percent confidence level. All questions relating to the calculation of unemployment rates should be directed to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Research and Analysis Bureau at 1-800-541-3904.

 

The next Labor Situation Report for the month of July 2017 will be released on Friday, August 18, 2017. 

 

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Visit our website at www.lmi.mt.gov for additional information and analysis, including industry employment levels, background on the unemployment rate, and wage rates by occupation.  This month’s Economy at a Glance discusses the contribution of Montana college graduates to the state’s workforce.

 

****** COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ******

The unemployment rate and ranking for each of Montana’s 56 counties is provided below for your convenience.  County unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted and should be compared to the unadjusted statewide unemployment rate of 3.8%. 

 

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment

Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Daniels County

1.9

-1.2

915

9

2

Powder River County

2.0

-0.4

1,072

-36

3

McCone County

2.2

0.2

999

-55

4

Carter County

2.4

-0.8

692

5

5

Gallatin County

2.5

-0.2

63,065

1,812

5

Sheridan County

2.5

-1

1,882

-34

7

Beaverhead County

2.7

-0.6

5,035

-11

8

Garfield County

2.8

0.2

740

-22

8

Liberty County

2.8

-0.5

959

-45

8

Sweet Grass County

2.8

-0.2

1,771

-37

11

Fallon County

2.9

-0.7

1,688

-134

11

Valley County

2.9

-0.6

4,364

-1

13

Toole County

3.0

-0.4

2,199

-45

14

Custer County

3.1

-0.9

5,899

-85

15

Deer Lodge County

3.2

-0.6

5,294

75

15

Fergus County

3.2

-0.4

5,691

61

15

Judith Basin County

3.2

0.1

895

-26

15

Lewis & Clark County

3.2

-0.3

34,478

47

15

Park County

3.2

-0.3

8,631

-12

20

Chouteau County

3.3

-0.5

2,521

2

21

Carbon County

3.4

-0.5

5,314

-17

21

Madison County

3.4

-0.4

3,994

-34

21

Missoula County

3.4

-0.4

59,908

48

21

Prairie County

3.4

0.2

541

-11

21

Teton County

3.4

-0.5

2,754

-109

26

Dawson County

3.5

-0.9

4,338

-113

27

Treasure County

3.6

-1.1

323

-19

27

Wibaux County

3.6

-0.6

514

-6

27

Yellowstone County

3.6

-0.3

79,825

301

30

Cascade County

3.7

-0.4

37,082

-173

30

Petroleum County

3.7

0.1

259

-8

32

Stillwater County

3.8

-0.1

4,593

-128

33

Blaine County

3.9

-1.1

2,189

-70

33

Hill County

3.9

-0.9

7,579

-3

33

Phillips County

3.9

-1.6

1,802

-79

33

Pondera County

3.9

-0.8

2,776

-84

33

Powell County

3.9

-1.5

2,797

-13

38

Lake County

4.0

-0.8

13,197

178

39

Silver Bow County

4.1

-0.3

16,707

27

40

Jefferson County

4.2

-0.6

5,447

-7

40

Ravalli County

4.2

-0.4

19,203

109

40

Wheatland County

4.2

-1

759

-9

43

Broadwater County

4.3

-1.1

2,444

-16

43

Meagher County

4.3

0.6

878

16

43

Richland County

4.3

-1.4

5,460

-525

46

Musselshell County

4.4

-0.2

2,216

-44

47

Flathead County

4.5

-0.6

45,263

339

48

Rosebud County

4.6

-0.7

4,126

-55

49

Golden Valley County

4.7

0.8

367

-5

50

Granite County

5.0

-0.7

1,602

-66

51

Roosevelt County

5.3

-0.9

4,437

-157

52

Mineral County

5.7

-1.2

1,643

-35

53

Sanders County

6.2

-0.8

4,458

-157

54

Lincoln County

7.5

-0.6

7,562

3

55

Glacier County

8.8

-0.3

5,479

-310

56

Big Horn County

13.3

5.4

5,263

35

 

 

 

****** RESERVATION UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ******

 

The unemployment rate and ranking for each of Montana’s seven reservations is provided below.  Reservation unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted and should be compared to the unadjusted statewide unemployment rate of 3.8%.Reservation areas overlap with county areas, meaning that unemployed individuals living on a reservation will be included in both the reservation and county totals.

 

 

 

 

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

Reservation

Current Unemployment

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

Rate

1

Flathead

4.3

-0.8

12,859

129

2

Fort Peck

6.4

-1.2

4,019

-127

3

Fort Belknap

9.0

-2.6

721

-24

4

Rocky Boy's

11.8

-2.4

1,099

1

5

Blackfeet

12.0

-0.6

3,879

-214

6

Northern Cheyenne

13.6

0.5

1,451

-8

7

Crow

19.4

7.5

2,637

17

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