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Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 4.0 Percent in November

Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 4.0 Percent in November

Friday, December 18, 2015/Categories: Department of Labor and Industry, Governor's Office/Tags: employment , jobs

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate declined slightly by one-tenth of a percent to 4.0 percent in November.  The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 5.0 percent.

“Montana workers and their families can have more cheer this holiday season with lower unemployment and higher wages than this time last year,” Governor Steve Bullock said.  “I remain committed to working with businesses and communities to continue our economic prosperity in the upcoming year.”

“The holiday season is expected to be a joyful one for Montana’s businesses and workers,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “We must continue to pursue policies designed to expand the size and quality of our workforce in order to match our wage and employment growth of the last few years.  As our population ages and the labor market tightens, a quality workforce remains critical to growth.”

Both total employment and payroll employment levels showed little change over the month.  Total employment estimates, which include agricultural and self-employed workers along with payroll workers, indicate a statistically insignificant gain of 176 jobs.  Payroll employment indicated no gain over the month, with fewer retail jobs and more construction jobs than usual for November.  Employment growth during 2015 remains quite strong, with a 2.1% increase in employment over the last year compared to the long-term average of about 1%. 

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in November, with a very small increase of 0.5 percent over the last year.  The indexes for energy and food declined in November, offsetting an increase in all other items.  The index for all items less food and energy (also called core inflation) rose 0.2 percent in November.

 

** 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 December 2015 will be released on Friday, January 22, 2016. 

 

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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 discusses the provision of paid family leave by Montana employers.

 

****** 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%. 

 

 

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

McCone County

1.7

-0.8

1,065

-27

2

Liberty County

2.3

-0.4

922

-45

2

Sheridan County

2.3

0

2,000

11

4

Carter County

2.5

-0.5

623

-31

4

Powder River County

2.5

0.1

1,011

-40

6

Custer County

2.6

-0.6

6,321

-35

7

Fallon County

2.7

1.1

2,073

13

7

Sweet Grass County

2.7

-0.5

1,752

22

9

Daniels County

2.8

-0.9

887

-27

9

Dawson County

2.8

0.6

4,842

55

9

Richland County

2.8

1

7,513

238

9

Valley County

2.8

0.3

4,327

78

13

Lewis and Clark County

3

-0.6

34,515

492

13

Yellowstone County

3

-0.5

80,662

2,668

15

Chouteau County

3.1

0.2

2,471

-78

15

Garfield County

3.1

0.8

682

-35

17

Gallatin County

3.3

-0.6

57,615

2,578

18

Beaverhead County

3.4

0

4,667

-8

18

Toole County

3.4

0.4

2,232

-18

20

Judith Basin County

3.6

0

915

-43

20

Missoula County

3.6

-0.6

59,339

1,507

22

Carbon County

3.7

0

5,409

119

22

Stillwater County

3.7

-0.2

4,889

45

24

Fergus County

3.8

-0.8

5,464

-52

24

Pondera County

3.8

-0.7

2,661

-64

24

Teton County

3.8

0

2,775

-41

27

Hill County

3.9

-1.1

7,327

-69

27

Jefferson County

3.9

-0.4

5,470

58

27

Wibaux County

3.9

1.3

539

6

30

Cascade County

4

-0.3

36,809

-67

31

Meagher County

4.1

0

863

-24

31

Petroleum County

4.1

0.1

280

-9

33

Deer Lodge County

4.2

-0.2

5,091

98

33

Golden Valley County

4.2

-0.7

387

2

33

Madison County

4.2

-0.7

3,472

-47

33

Silver Bow County

4.2

-0.4

16,145

-16

37

Roosevelt County

4.3

-0.4

4,622

15

38

Phillips County

4.4

0.1

1,862

-52

39

Musselshell County

4.5

0.9

2,343

7

40

Powell County

4.6

-0.2

2,817

34

40

Prairie County

4.6

1

479

-31

42

Blaine County

4.7

-0.4

2,271

-12

42

Lake County

4.7

-0.8

11,931

238

44

Broadwater County

4.8

0

2,404

19

44

Ravalli County

4.8

-1.1

18,177

301

46

Treasure County

5.1

0.9

319

-20

47

Rosebud County

5.4

0.2

3,759

-128

48

Big Horn County

5.6

-2.5

5,242

60

48

Park County

5.6

-1.3

7,773

363

50

Flathead County

5.9

-0.6

41,465

1,149

50

Wheatland County

5.9

2.1

716

-65

52

Granite County

6

-1

1,486

91

53

Sanders County

8

-0.6

4,296

18

54

Glacier County

8.8

-3.2

4,822

-78

55

Mineral County

9

0.1

1,615

41

56

Lincoln County

9.2

-1.3

7,232

139

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

****** 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%.  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

5.1

-0.8

11,710

224

2

Fort Peck

5.3

-0.5

4,166

18

3

Crow

8.6

-3.7

2,626

35

4

Fort Belknap

10.5

-0.8

747

-5

5

Rocky Boy's

11.6

-1.9

1,067

-17

6

Blackfeet

12

-4

3,432

-58

7

Northern Cheyenne

12.3

-0.5

1,366

-23

 

 

 

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