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Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 3.6%

Friday, October 19, 2018/Categories: Governor's Office, Montana.gov/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate is at 3.6% for the month of September, down by a half percentage point since the start of the year and at the lowest rate in over a decade. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.7%.

 

“Over the last five years, Montana has added over 29,000 jobs, over 6,300 new businesses have been created, and average annual wages have increased by roughly $1,000 per year,” said Governor Bullock. “We must build on this strong economy and continue our efforts to ensure businesses have the skilled workforce they need to succeed, the next generation is able take on the jobs of the future, and upward mobility is attainable for all Montana families.”

 

Payroll employment posted a gain of 500 jobs in September, with 800 jobs gained in the private sector.  Similar employment gains were indicated by the total employment data, which includes agricultural and self-employed workers in addition to payroll employment.

 

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.1% in September due to price increases in housing and shelter. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in September, with a change of 2.2% over-the- year. 

 

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** 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 non-seasonal 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 & Industry’s Research and Analysis Bureau at 406-444-4100.

 

The next Labor Situation Report for the month of October 2018 will be released on Friday, November 16, 2018.

 

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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 reviews the cost of childcare.

 

****** 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 3.2%. 

 

 

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Fallon County

1.7

-0.6

1,589

-100

2

Carter County

2.0

-0.4

683

28

2

McCone County

2.0

-0.2

962

-8

4

Gallatin County

2.1

-0.2

65,040

1,464

5

Powder River County

2.2

-0.3

984

10

5

Sheridan County

2.2

0.0

1,758

-51

5

Toole County

2.2

-0.9

1,990

-66

8

Custer County

2.4

-0.3

5,815

-164

8

Daniels County

2.4

0.3

887

6

8

Dawson County

2.4

-0.3

4,362

-117

8

Garfield County

2.4

0.3

778

31

8

Sweet Grass County

2.4

-0.7

1,745

9

13

Chouteau County

2.5

-0.6

2,391

9

13

Judith Basin County

2.5

-0.8

891

3

13

Valley County

2.5

-0.2

3,914

-81

16

Treasure County

2.6

-1.5

334

8

17

Beaverhead County

2.7

0.1

4,969

47

17

Fergus County

2.7

-0.4

5,573

-10

17

Teton County

2.7

-0.5

2,601

-35

20

Liberty County

2.8

0.1

952

20

20

Missoula County

2.8

-0.3

60,394

-448

22

Carbon County

2.9

-0.6

5,196

-23

22

Deer Lodge County

2.9

0.0

4,896

-91

22

Lewis and Clark

2.9

-0.2

33,137

-648

22

Park County

2.9

-0.2

8,683

153

22

Richland County

2.9

-0.8

5,306

-412

27

Madison County

3.0

-0.5

3,920

64

27

Stillwater County

3.0

-0.4

4,579

-82

27

Yellowstone County

3.0

-0.2

78,161

-777

30

Hill County

3.2

-0.2

7,646

1

30

Powell County

3.2

0.0

2,759

-28

32

Blaine County

3.3

-0.1

2,254

2

32

Cascade County

3.3

-0.2

36,255

-368

32

Petroleum County

3.3

0.0

263

2

32

Prairie County

3.3

0.6

462

1

36

Phillips County

3.4

0.1

1,807

-10

36

Wibaux County

3.4

0.1

451

-15

38

Broadwater County

3.5

-0.7

2,463

13

38

Jefferson County

3.5

-0.4

5,267

-90

38

Lake County

3.5

-0.3

12,944

190

38

Ravalli County

3.5

-0.4

19,269

202

42

Musselshell County

3.6

-0.1

2,195

-21

42

Silver Bow County

3.6

-0.2

16,209

-168

44

Golden Valley County

3.7

-0.1

361

3

44

Meagher County

3.7

-0.7

867

18

44

Pondera County

3.7

0.3

2,578

-15

47

Flathead County

3.8

-0.4

45,489

565

47

Roosevelt County

3.8

-0.1

4,300

-89

49

Granite County

4.5

-0.3

1,547

12

50

Sanders County

4.6

-0.8

4,623

51

50

Wheatland County

4.6

0.7

751

19

52

Rosebud County

4.8

0.1

3,686

-64

53

Mineral County

5.4

-1.5

1,545

-37

54

Lincoln County

5.5

-0.8

7,382

-1

55

Glacier County

6.1

0.0

5,516

-66

56

Big Horn County

8.4

-4.0

4,814

-126

 

 

 

****** 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 3.2%. 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

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

4

Flathead

3.7

-0.3

12,666

174

5

Fort Peck

4.7

-0.2

3,862

-81

5

Fort Belknap

7.8

0.0

741

1

2

Blackfeet

8.7

0.1

3,886

-45

5

Rocky Boy's

9.7

-1.0

1,088

1

1

Northern Cheyenne

12.2

-1.3

1,307

-27

2

Crow

12.5

-5.7

2,429

-60

 

 

 

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