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Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 4.1% with Second Fastest Payroll Employment Growth

Tuesday, January 23, 2018/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

Montana’s unemployment rate moved to 4.1% for the month of December, ticking up slightly to end 2017 despite strong payroll employment gains at the second fastest in the nation. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.1%.

“Montana is starting off the new year with Montana workers, businesses, and communities benefiting from our strong economy and rising wages,” said Governor Bullock. “Montana added nearly 4,000 payroll jobs in the last month, making Montana the second fastest state in the nation for payroll employment growth.”

Payroll employment increased by 3,900 over the month, the strongest payroll job gains since January 2015. Despite the strong payroll employment growth, the unemployment rate ticked up slightly because model estimates indicate that total employment (which includes payroll jobs plus the self-employed and agricultural workers) remained fairly level over the month. Unemployment rate and employment estimates are revised each year in February in a process called benchmarking, which typically results in more accurate estimates and that likely will resolve conflicts between total and payroll employment trends.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose by 0.1% in December, led by an increase in the shelter index. The shelter increase includes the price of housing and rent. The price of gasoline declined in December. Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U has increased by 2.1%. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.3% in December, with a change of 1.8% over the last year. 

** 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 January 2018 will be released on Monday, March 12, 2018. State unemployment rate estimates are not released during the month of February because analysts re-estimate data from the prior year in a process called benchmarking, which results in more accurate estimates.

 

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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 how employment growth has differed in rural and urban Montana over the last 20 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 4.2%. 

 

   

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment

Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

McCone

2.4

0.5

936

-20

2

Liberty

2.6

-0.8

921

10

3

Carter

2.7

0.2

673

19

3

Fallon

2.7

-0.5

1,600

-92

5

Garfield

2.9

-0.2

715

7

6

Dawson

3.0

-0.5

4,340

-132

6

Gallatin

3.0

0.2

62,597

1,736

6

Sheridan

3.0

-0.4

1,802

-56

6

Valley

3.0

-0.6

4,219

19

10

Daniels

3.1

0.7

887

2

11

Chouteau

3.2

-0.5

2,363

-12

11

Wibaux

3.2

0.1

480

-13

13

Powder River

3.3

0.7

1,017

21

13

Toole

3.3

0.0

2,055

-58

15

Sweet Grass

3.4

0.4

1,657

-3

16

Richland

3.5

-0.4

5,384

-427

17

Custer

3.6

0.1

5,892

-185

17

Lewis and Clark

3.6

-0.1

34,099

-252

17

Yellowstone

3.6

-0.1

79,106

-357

20

Beaverhead

3.7

0.2

4,825

47

20

Carbon

3.7

-0.2

5,203

-20

20

Hill

3.7

-0.2

7,505

-17

20

Prairie

3.7

0.7

498

7

24

Pondera

3.9

-0.3

2,706

-10

25

Cascade

4.0

-0.1

36,467

-638

25

Judith Basin

4.0

0.2

893

1

25

Missoula

4.0

0.2

59,270

-239

25

Treasure

4.0

-0.3

311

0

29

Deer Lodge

4.1

0.2

5,092

-1

29

Madison

4.1

0.1

4,726

188

31

Roosevelt

4.2

-0.5

4,276

-151

31

Teton

4.2

-0.5

2,572

-57

33

Stillwater

4.3

0.0

4,443

-131

34

Jefferson

4.4

0.0

5,370

-34

35

Lake

4.6

-0.1

12,483

170

35

Silver Bow

4.6

0.2

16,388

-160

37

Broadwater

4.8

-0.3

2,378

7

37

Fergus

4.8

-0.1

5,535

-18

37

Powell

4.8

-0.4

2,680

-27

40

Blaine

4.9

0.5

2,151

-35

40

Ravalli

4.9

-0.2

18,668

173

40

Wheatland

4.9

-0.2

738

11

43

Meagher

5.0

0.5

844

-6

44

Musselshell

5.3

0.6

2,102

-48

44

Park

5.3

0.3

7,755

61

46

Rosebud

5.4

0.4

3,733

-58

47

Granite

5.5

-0.9

1,499

22

48

Flathead

5.6

-0.4

43,141

285

48

Phillips

5.6

0.8

1,718

-45

50

Petroleum

5.8

-0.4

243

-1

51

Golden Valley

6.4

1.3

353

-1

52

Sanders

7.8

-0.5

4,126

-32

53

Glacier

8.0

0.2

4,863

-124

54

Lincoln

8.7

-0.7

7,030

22

55

Mineral

9.7

1.3

1,426

-40

56

Big Horn

10.8

3.7

5,134

16

 

 

 

****** 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 4.2%. 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

5.0

-0.1

12,164

144

2

Fort Peck

5.4

-0.6

3,873

-121

3

Blackfeet

11.0

0.1

3,464

-83

4

Rocky Boy's

11.3

-0.9

1,071

-2

5

Fort Belknap

11.5

1.3

707

-12

6

Northern Cheyenne

14.0

1.9

1,349

-12

7

Crow

16.0

5.1

2,576

7

 

 

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