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Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate at 3.7% in March

Friday, April 19, 2019/Categories: Governor's Office, Montana.gov/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.7% for the month of March. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8%.  

“We must continue to educate and train our workforce through existing programs, such as apprenticeship and traineeship, while instilling career readiness skills in the next generation of Montanans,” said Governor Bullock. “I also encourage businesses to look for innovative ways to recruit and retain qualified employees and advocate for policy that supports working families, such as publicly funded preschool education, equal pay legislation, and flexible scheduling.”

Total employment estimates indicate a gain of 326 jobs, while payroll employment posted no change over the month, suggesting that tight labor markets are constraining job growth. Montana’s labor force grew by roughly 100 people over the month, less than the number of jobs added to the economy. Businesses continue to report difficulty finding available workers.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4% in March with a sizeable increase in the energy index. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in March. 

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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 406-444-4100.

 

The next Labor Situation Report for the month of April 2019 will be released on Friday, May 17, 2019.

 

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****** 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 4.1%. 

 

 

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

McCone

1.9

0.1

922

-20

2

Fallon

2.3

-0.1

1,582

-33

3

Daniels

2.4

0.0

823

-27

4

Gallatin

2.5

-0.3

64,662

1,754

5

Dawson

2.6

-0.6

4,507

-17

5

Toole

2.6

-0.5

2,001

-31

7

Liberty

2.8

0.5

924

5

7

Sheridan

2.8

0.3

1,651

-67

7

Sweet Grass

2.8

-0.9

1,644

-29

10

Wibaux

3

-0.7

414

-28

11

Chouteau

3.1

-0.3

2,356

30

11

Garfield

3.1

-0.1

685

-8

11

Powder River

3.1

-0.5

886

-37

11

Richland

3.1

-0.8

5,569

-46

15

Beaverhead

3.5

-0.1

4,772

-5

15

Deer Lodge

3.5

-0.7

4,821

-75

15

Lewis and Clark

3.5

-0.4

34,316

500

18

Custer

3.6

-0.7

5,754

-102

18

Madison

3.6

-0.2

4,741

6

20

Valley

3.7

-0.4

3,776

-96

20

Yellowstone

3.7

-0.1

78,422

403

22

Carter

3.8

-0.1

613

1

22

Judith Basin

3.8

-0.5

877

37

22

Missoula

3.8

-0.2

61,593

1,048

22

Prairie

3.8

-0.8

459

5

26

Hill

3.9

0.1

7,195

-175

26

Teton

3.9

-0.3

2,565

60

26

Wheatland

3.9

-1.3

715

-2

29

Cascade

4

-0.2

36,807

547

30

Jefferson

4.1

-0.5

5,404

77

30

Meagher

4.1

-0.3

944

0

30

Stillwater

4.1

-0.2

4,775

113

33

Broadwater

4.3

-0.4

2,511

31

33

Park

4.3

-0.6

8,216

197

35

Carbon

4.4

0.0

5,251

16

35

Petroleum

4.4

-1.2

260

-8

35

Silver Bow

4.4

-0.3

16,409

21

35

Treasure

4.4

0.7

325

15

39

Fergus

4.5

-0.8

5,462

46

39

Phillips

4.5

-2.1

1,780

36

41

Powell

4.7

-0.9

2,667

26

42

Blaine

4.8

-0.3

2,136

-55

42

Musselshell

4.8

-0.2

2,066

-123

42

Pondera

4.8

0.3

2,551

6

45

Lake

4.9

0.0

12,441

41

46

Golden Valley

5

-0.2

345

0

47

Ravalli

5.1

0.2

19,020

149

48

Roosevelt

5.3

0.0

4,141

-51

49

Rosebud

5.8

-0.3

3,562

-49

50

Flathead

5.9

0.1

44,678

583

51

Granite

6.1

-0.3

1,630

26

52

Mineral

6.8

-2.8

1,585

88

53

Sanders

7.7

-1.0

4,365

73

54

Big Horn

8.7

-2.2

4,335

-289

55

Glacier

8.8

0.4

4,969

-59

55

Lincoln

8.8

-0.8

7,266

110

 

 

 

****** 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 4.1%. 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

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Flathead

5.2

-0.1

12,854

729

2

Fort Peck

6.7

-0.1

3,984

213

3

Fort Belknap

10.8

-1.5

789

69

4

Rocky Boy's

11.7

-0.1

1,176

124

5

Blackfeet

12.2

0.4

4,011

452

6

Crow

12.9

-3.2

2,543

197

7

Northern Cheyenne

14.3

-1.1

1,436

164

 

 

 

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