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Montana’s Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.9 Percent in June

Montana’s Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.9 Percent in June

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 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

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 3.9 percent.  Employment levels in Montana continued to rise over the month, but the unemployment rate held steady due to growth in the labor force.  The U.S. unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.3 percent.

“Montana’s economy continues to grow, adding roughly 8,800 jobs in the first half of 2015,” Governor Steve Bullock said.  “Strong employment and labor force growth helps ensure Montanans have access to good-paying jobs, and businesses can find the workers they need to drive economic growth.”

“We expect strong wage growth in 2015, as businesses compete to recruit workers in this low unemployment rate environment” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is committed to identifying and training more Montanans to ensure that we have enough workers to meet the needs of Montana employers.”

Montana’s total employment levels continued to grow, increasing by a few hundred jobs in June, for a total of 12,193 jobs added over the last twelve months and total employment of 504,627.  Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers.  Payroll employment fell over the month, but has still posted a gain of 2,100 jobs since the beginning of the year.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, with advances in the indexes for gasoline, shelter, and food all contributing.  The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, rose 0.2 percent in June.

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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 July 2015 will be released on Friday, August 21, 2015. 

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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 provides information on Montana’s labor force and its projected growth over the next ten years.

 

****** 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 4.0 percent. 

 

   

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment

Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Sheridan County

1.9

-0.5

2,153

-1

2

McCone County

2.0

-0.2

1,137

37

3

Fallon County

2.2

0.0

2,143

101

4

Daniels County

2.5

-0.2

929

-16

4

Sweet Grass County

2.5

-1.2

1,843

34

6

Garfield County

2.6

-0.1

746

-5

6

Powder River County

2.6

-0.7

1,120

24

8

Liberty County

2.7

-0.3

995

16

9

Chouteau County

2.8

-0.6

2,657

-8

9

Gallatin County

2.8

-0.7

58,027

2,397

11

Valley County

3.0

0.0

4,489

132

12

Richland County

3.1

0.4

7,519

402

13

Dawson County

3.2

0.2

4,887

125

13

Wibaux County

3.2

0.0

597

30

15

Beaverhead County

3.3

-0.3

4,839

19

15

Custer County

3.3

0.1

6,418

-20

15

Lewis and Clark County

3.3

-0.4

35,065

676

15

Madison County

3.3

-1.1

4,070

102

15

Stillwater County

3.3

-0.5

4,957

73

15

Yellowstone County

3.3

-0.6

80,528

3,231

21

Carbon County

3.4

-0.4

5,484

206

21

Golden Valley County

3.4

-0.1

402

13

21

Toole County

3.4

0.4

2,360

0

24

Jefferson County

3.5

-1.2

5,586

105

24

Meagher County

3.5

-1.1

911

9

24

Petroleum County

3.5

-0.1

302

7

27

Carter County

3.6

0.4

672

-29

28

Fergus County

3.7

-0.2

5,674

-32

28

Missoula County

3.7

-0.6

59,523

1,036

28

Teton County

3.7

0.2

2,931

19

31

Deer Lodge County

3.8

-0.6

5,264

84

31

Musselshell County

3.8

-0.3

2,418

73

33

Cascade County

3.9

-0.4

37,322

-218

33

Park County

3.9

-1.0

8,323

201

35

Judith Basin County

4.0

-0.2

963

1

36

Silver Bow County

4.3

-0.8

16,437

20

37

Prairie County

4.4

0.2

523

0

38

Powell County

4.5

-0.3

2,914

30

39

Phillips County

4.6

-0.4

1,947

-32

40

Hill County

4.7

-1.9

7,475

-20

41

Blaine County

4.8

-1.4

2,268

-23

42

Broadwater County

4.9

-0.5

2,464

59

42

Lake County

4.9

-0.6

12,504

145

42

Pondera County

4.9

-0.3

2,767

0

42

Ravalli County

4.9

-0.9

18,629

469

46

Rosebud County

5.1

-0.4

4,113

-180

47

Flathead County

5.2

-0.7

43,041

696

47

Granite County

5.2

-1.5

1,573

111

47

Wheatland County

5.2

0.9

777

5

50

Roosevelt County

5.3

-0.2

4,732

0

51

Treasure County

5.7

1.5

346

7

52

Big Horn County

6.5

-3.7

5,280

137

53

Mineral County

7.0

-1.0

1,718

35

54

Sanders County

7.3

-1.2

4,438

54

55

Lincoln County

8.9

-1.5

7,516

107

56

Glacier County

9.3

-1.3

5,631

-53

 

 

****** 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 4.0 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

5.2

-0.7

12,243

144

2

Fort Peck Reservation

6.5

-0.2

4,275

12

3

Crow Reservation

9.9

-5.3

2,643

71

4

Fort Belknap Reservation

10.8

-2.5

748

-9

5

Northern Cheyenne Reservation

12.2

-1.9

1,450

-27

6

Rocky Boy Reservation

12.8

-4.0

1,107

-3

7

Blackfeet Reservation

12.9

-1.6

3,979

-35

 
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