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Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 4.0 Percent in July

Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 4.0 Percent in July

Friday, August 21, 2015/Categories: Department of Labor and Industry, Governor's Office/Tags: Unemployment Rate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 21, 2015
CONTACT:
Mike Wessler, Governor’s Office, 444-9725

Jake Troyer, Communications Director, Department of Labor & Industry, 444-1674

Barbara Wagner, Chief Economist, Department of Labor & Industry, 444-5474

Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 4.0 Percent in July

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 4.0 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points.  Overall, Montana’s unemployment rate has fallen 0.6 percentage points in the past year.  The U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent.

“With strong job growth, and more people on the job than ever before, Montana’s economy continues to lead the nation,” Governor Steve Bullock said.  “We’ll continue to work to make sure workers have access to training opportunities that equip them with the skills to meet the demands of Montana employers.”

 “With the unemployment rate around four percent, workers should expect to see wages grow” said Labor Commissioner, Pam Bucy. “The Montana Department of Labor & Industry, through your community Job Service office and workforce development programs, is working hard to ensure that job seekers have the tools they need to take advantage of the many work opportunities provided by employers across the state.”

Total employment sits at 503,841 in Montana after July’s change. Overall, 11,311 jobs have been added in the past twelve months. Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers.  Payroll employment added 700 jobs in July, and has now increased by 2,600 jobs since the beginning of the year.  Total and payroll employment’s over-the-month changes were within the margin of error, signifying little change to employment levels.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, with advances in the indexes for gasoline, shelter, and food.  The index for all items less food and energy (also called core inflation) also rose 0.1 percent, mostly because of increases in housing costs.

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** Statewide 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 August 2015 will be released on Friday, September 18, 2015. 

****** 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 provides information on Montana’s labor demand in the health care industry.

 

****** 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 percent. 

 

   

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment

Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Fallon County

1.8

-0.1

2,191

40

2

McCone County

1.9

0.1

1,161

-3

3

Powder River County

2.2

-0.5

1,131

32

3

Sheridan County

2.2

0.0

2,181

17

5

Daniels County

2.3

-0.6

947

-30

5

Garfield County

2.3

-0.1

762

-22

7

Liberty County

2.4

-0.3

1,022

-12

8

Gallatin County

2.5

-0.4

61,267

2,518

8

Sweet Grass County

2.5

-0.6

1,891

9

10

Richland County

2.7

0.4

7,674

367

11

Chouteau County

2.8

-0.3

2,615

-32

12

Madison County

2.9

-0.9

4,337

89

12

Valley County

2.9

0.2

4,596

78

14

Custer County

3.0

0.0

6,488

51

15

Dawson County

3.1

0.5

5,005

116

16

Carbon County

3.2

-0.5

5,510

189

16

Judith Basin County

3.2

-0.7

959

-16

16

Lewis and Clark County

3.2

-0.3

35,627

614

16

Stillwater County

3.2

-0.3

5,023

93

16

Toole County

3.2

0.7

2,418

-6

16

Wibaux County

3.2

0.1

568

12

16

Yellowstone County

3.2

-0.5

80,546

3,283

23

Beaverhead County

3.3

0.0

4,897

-77

23

Golden Valley County

3.3

-0.8

408

9

25

Fergus County

3.4

0.0

5,699

-42

26

Carter County

3.5

1.0

694

-36

26

Deer Lodge County

3.5

-0.6

5,314

114

26

Meagher County

3.5

-0.2

944

-14

29

Jefferson County

3.6

-0.5

5,689

85

30

Missoula County

3.7

-0.4

58,327

1,198

30

Teton County

3.7

0.6

2,915

-7

32

Park County

3.8

-0.4

8,556

123

33

Musselshell County

3.9

-0.1

2,366

57

33

Powell County

3.9

-0.3

2,942

28

35

Cascade County

4.0

0.0

36,639

-45

36

Petroleum County

4.1

0.9

307

2

36

Prairie County

4.1

-0.1

519

-6

38

Phillips County

4.2

-0.6

1,946

-26

38

Silver Bow County

4.2

-0.4

16,667

-36

40

Broadwater County

4.4

0.0

2,529

34

41

Blaine County

4.7

-1.1

2,281

-58

41

Flathead County

4.7

-0.4

44,664

404

41

Hill County

4.7

-1.0

7,439

-62

44

Ravalli County

4.8

-0.6

18,370

408

45

Granite County

5.0

-0.9

1,584

76

45

Lake County

5.0

-0.4

12,352

25

47

Treasure County

5.1

1.9

352

-8

48

Roosevelt County

5.2

-0.1

4,704

48

49

Pondera County

5.3

0.3

2,763

-21

49

Wheatland County

5.3

1.4

790

-18

51

Rosebud County

5.8

-0.2

3,877

-42

52

Big Horn County

6.5

-2.7

5,311

62

53

Mineral County

6.9

-0.8

1,694

8

54

Sanders County

7.2

-0.8

4,366

1

55

Lincoln County

8.5

-0.7

7,530

58

56

Glacier County

9.1

-0.8

5,710

3

 

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

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

5.3

-0.4

12,089

30

2

Fort Peck Reservation

6.3

-0.1

4,264

46

3

Crow Reservation

10.0

-3.8

2,658

37

4

Fort Belknap Reservation

10.5

-2.0

752

-19

5

Blackfeet Reservation

12.7

-0.9

4,031

0

6

Rocky Boy Reservation

12.8

-2.1

1,097

-10

7

Northern Cheyenne Reservation

13.4

-1.1

1,400

-2

 

 

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