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Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Stable

Friday, April 20, 2018/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate remained stable at 4.1% for the month of March. The U.S. unemployment rate also remained at 4.1%.

“Montana’s economy continues to grow and diversify, creating new opportunities for businesses small and large to expand and create more good-paying jobs for Montanans,” said Governor Bullock. “As winter turns to spring, Montanans and communities across the state are feeling the benefits of a strong economy and record workforce participation.”

Both payroll and total employment levels posted insignificant decreases over the last month, with little changes in employment levels across most industries. There were also insignificant changes in both the labor force and unemployment estimates. Similar to February, little has changed in the Montana economy over the last month. 

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased by 0.1% in March, primarily due to a 4.9% decrease in the gasoline index. Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U has increased by 2.4%. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in March, 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 April 2018 will be released on Friday, May 18, 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 examines outdoor recreation industries in Montana.

 

 

****** 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 4.7%. 

 

   

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment

Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

McCone County

1.9

-0.3

939

-48

2

Daniels County

2.5

0.2

858

-16

2

Liberty County

2.5

-1.4

908

-17

4

Fallon County

2.6

-0.6

1,599

-69

5

Sheridan County

2.7

-0.8

1,756

-93

6

Gallatin County

3

0.1

62,031

1180

7

Garfield County

3.1

-0.7

713

-3

8

Dawson County

3.5

-0.3

4,436

-91

8

Toole County

3.5

0.1

1,967

-109

10

Chouteau County

3.6

-0.4

2,332

-33

10

Treasure County

3.6

-1.3

318

-11

12

Beaverhead County

3.8

0

4,767

-43

12

Carter County

3.8

0.7

631

-21

14

Hill County

3.9

-0.2

7,556

62

14

Powder River County

3.9

0.7

924

-33

14

Sweet Grass County

3.9

0

1,679

15

17

Yellowstone County

4

0.2

77,735

-318

18

Wibaux County

4.1

0.7

426

-29

19

Lewis and Clark County

4.2

0.3

33,287

-665

19

Madison County

4.2

0.3

4,473

-137

19

Missoula County

4.2

0

59,841

170

19

Richland County

4.2

-0.1

5,526

-215

23

Teton County

4.4

-0.3

2,562

-106

23

Valley County

4.4

0

3,819

-112

25

Cascade County

4.5

0.5

36,094

-327

25

Deer Lodge County

4.5

0.4

4,801

-30

27

Custer County

4.6

0.5

5,822

-116

27

Judith Basin County

4.6

0.6

859

-33

27

Stillwater County

4.6

0.5

4,574

0

30

Meagher County

4.7

0.3

868

-16

31

Carbon County

4.8

0.7

5,118

-51

31

Pondera County

4.8

0.3

2,547

-111

33

Broadwater County

4.9

-0.9

2,419

-3

33

Jefferson County

4.9

0.1

5,267

-118

35

Lake County

5

-0.1

12,609

307

35

Silver Bow County

5

0.3

16,207

-3

37

Ravalli County

5.1

-0.4

18,934

352

38

Prairie County

5.2

1.2

455

-25

39

Musselshell County

5.3

0.1

2,159

24

39

Park County

5.3

0.2

7,977

140

41

Blaine County

5.4

0.3

2,196

-26

42

Roosevelt County

5.5

0.3

4,266

-89

42

Wheatland County

5.5

0.6

708

-24

44

Fergus County

5.7

0.7

5,368

-96

44

Golden Valley County

5.7

-0.4

349

-7

44

Petroleum County

5.7

-0.6

250

-5

47

Powell County

5.9

0.2

2,623

-53

48

Flathead County

6.2

-0.5

43,729

984

49

Rosebud County

6.5

0.5

3,623

-136

50

Phillips County

7.1

1.1

1,731

-38

51

Granite County

7.2

-0.5

1,521

26

52

Sanders County

8.9

0

4,384

39

53

Glacier County

9.1

0.1

4,934

-81

54

Mineral County

10.3

1

1,465

-40

55

Lincoln County

10.4

-0.7

6,931

16

56

Big Horn County

11.5

-2.9

4,644

-96

 

 

 

****** 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 4.7%. 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

5.4

-0.1

12,323

280

2

Fort Peck

7

0.3

3,826

-85

3

Rocky Boy's

12.2

-0.7

1,072

3

4

Blackfeet

12.6

0.1

3,497

-64

5

Fort Belknap

13

1.1

722

-8

6

Northern Cheyenne

16.2

-0.1

1,276

-40

7

Crow

16.8

-3.9

2,349

-46

 
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