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Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.0%

More Montanans working than ever before in diverse industries across the state

Friday, May 18, 2018/Categories: Governor's Office, Montana.gov/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.0% for the month of April. The U.S. unemployment rate also fell to 3.9%.

More Montanans have jobs than ever before in our state’s history and the middle-class in Montana is growing faster than every other state in the nation,” said Governor Bullock. “We are and will continue to fuel this economic growth by making sure workers and businesses alike have the resources they need to succeed.

Both payroll and total employment levels posted insignificant decreases over the last month, with small gains in leisure and hospitality, and accommodation and food service offset by small losses in other industries. There was also a small but significant drop in the labor force participation rate over the last month. However, the number of people in Montana’s labor force remains at record levels.  

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.2% in April, primarily due to a 3.0% increase in the gasoline index. Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U has increased by 2.5%. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in April, with a change of 2.1% over the last 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 1-800-541-3904.

The next Labor Situation Report for the month of May 2018 will be released on Friday, June 15, 2018.

****** INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET ******

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 summarizes the career materials available through the Montana Career Lab (www.careers.mt.gov).

****** 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 3.6%.

 

   

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment

Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Fallon County

1.7

-0.9

1,605

-125

2

McCone County

1.7

-0.2

936

-84

2

Daniels County

1.8

0.1

870

-36

4

Garfield County

1.8

-0.9

726

-33

5

Sheridan County

1.8

-0.8

1,764

-130

6

Liberty County

2.2

-1.2

926

-66

7

Gallatin County

2.4

-0.2

62,405

1,111

8

Dawson County

2.9

-0.2

4,449

-182

8

Sweet Grass County

3.0

0.6

1,703

-16

10

Yellowstone County

3.0

-0.1

78,643

-265

10

Beaverhead County

3.1

-0.2

4,781

-70

12

Carter County

3.1

0.6

634

-54

12

Chouteau County

3.1

0

2,367

-74

14

Lewis and Clark County

3.1

-0.1

33,411

-511

14

Missoula County

3.1

-0.4

60,292

280

14

Custer County

3.2

0.4

5,824

-199

17

Judith Basin County

3.2

-0.3

855

-55

18

Madison County

3.2

-0.2

4,328

-212

19

Toole County

3.2

0.3

1,991

-133

19

Valley County

3.2

-0.2

3,883

-157

19

Cascade County

3.3

-0.1

36,387

-253

19

Powder River County

3.3

1

934

-67

23

Teton County

3.3

-0.6

2,584

-140

23

Treasure County

3.3

-0.8

324

-24

25

Deer Lodge County

3.4

0.2

4,872

-97

25

Hill County

3.4

-0.1

7,602

153

27

Pondera County

3.5

0

2,606

-137

27

Richland County

3.5

-0.7

5,469

-344

27

Carbon County

3.7

0.4

5,168

-81

30

Ravalli County

3.7

-0.8

19,055

317

31

Stillwater County

3.7

0.2

4,633

-38

31

Wibaux County

3.7

0.5

440

-46

33

Broadwater County

3.8

-0.9

2,423

-17

33

Golden Valley County

3.8

-1.6

353

-13

35

Jefferson County

3.8

-0.3

5,289

-112

35

Silver Bow County

3.8

-0.1

16,388

-83

37

Lake County

3.9

-0.4

12,764

277

38

Fergus County

4

0.2

5,492

-80

39

Meagher County

4.1

-0.1

846

-49

39

Blaine County

4.3

0.6

2,225

-118

41

Park County

4.3

0.2

8,146

108

42

Prairie County

4.3

0.5

445

-31

42

Wheatland County

4.4

0.5

713

-44

44

Petroleum County

4.5

-0.1

253

-17

44

Powell County

4.5

-0.1

2,661

-94

44

Musselshell County

4.6

0.8

2,180

-21

47

Roosevelt County

4.7

0.1

4,287

-114

48

Flathead County

5.1

-0.5

44,211

1,072

49

Rosebud County

5.2

0.6

3,742

-126

50

Phillips County

5.4

0.8

1,771

-75

51

Granite County

6.1

-0.3

1,515

-4

52

Sanders County

6.6

-0.5

4,484

53

53

Glacier County

7.9

-0.3

5,020

-68

54

Mineral County

7.9

0.3

1,511

-53

55

Lincoln County

8.9

-0.8

7,052

-16

56

Big Horn County

9.5

-4.9

4,613

-43

 

 

****** 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 3.6%. 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

4.2

-0.4

12,482

257

2

Fort Peck

5.9

0.1

3,849

-112

3

Fort Belknap

10.5

1.5

731

-39

4

Rocky Boy's

10.6

-0.3

1,080

5

5

Blackfeet

10.8

-0.4

3,560

-56

6

Northern Cheyenne

13.3

-0.7

1,300

-33

7

Crow

14.0

-6.7

2,338

-20

 
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