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Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate falls to 3.6%

 

MONTANA –Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.6% in the month of May. The national unemployment rate was flat at 3.6% over the month.

Total employment, which included agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers, indicated a gain of 535 jobs. With only 109 added to the labor force over the month, Montana’s labor market continued to tighten. Payroll employment increased by 800 jobs over the month, with job gains in federal government and accommodations & food service.

"Montana's economy continues to grow despite tight labor markets," said Governor Bullock. "Businesses are innovating, and workers are updating their skills to increase productivity. We must continue our commitment to advancing worker skills in in-demand fields and look for other ways to bring more workers into our labor force."

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1% in May, with gasoline prices falling by 0.5% and other prices gently increasing. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased by 0.1%

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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 June 2019 will be released on Friday, July 19, 2019.

 

**** 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.

 

****** 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 2.8%.

 

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Fallon

1.3

-0.1

1,638

-25

2

Daniels

1.4

0

853

-5

3

McCone

1.5

0.1

948

-17

3

Powder River

1.5

-1

912

-30

5

Garfield

1.7

-0.5

706

-8

6

Sheridan

1.8

0

1,686

-69

7

Dawson

1.9

-0.4

4,549

-23

8

Liberty

2

0.2

942

22

8

Treasure

2

-1.1

339

25

10

Custer

2.1

-0.4

5,934

-60

10

Judith Basin

2.1

-0.2

892

37

10

Toole

2.1

-0.5

2,047

-18

13

Chouteau

2.2

-0.5

2,444

49

13

Gallatin

2.2

-0.2

65,895

1,986

13

Valley

2.2

-0.1

3,948

-125

16

Fergus

2.3

-0.4

5,662

31

16

Lewis and Clark

2.3

-0.4

34,787

463

16

Richland

2.3

-0.6

5,599

-53

19

Jefferson

2.4

-0.8

5,481

73

19

Phillips

2.4

-1.4

1,854

29

19

Wibaux

2.4

-0.5

448

-15

22

Beaverhead

2.5

0

4,892

25

22

Deer Lodge

2.5

-0.2

4,967

-28

22

Missoula

2.5

-0.1

63,122

1,170

22

Sweet Grass

2.5

-0.3

1,704

-18

22

Wheatland

2.5

-2

752

3

22

Yellowstone

2.5

-0.1

79,698

-502

28

Petroleum

2.6

0.5

267

-9

28

Stillwater

2.6

-0.1

4,912

115

28

Teton

2.6

0.1

2,659

32

31

Carter

2.7

0.2

637

1

31

Cascade

2.7

-0.1

37,257

354

33

Blaine

2.8

-0.6

2,200

-37

33

Carbon

2.8

0

5,337

-36

33

Musselshell

2.8

-0.8

2,124

-109

33

Park

2.8

-0.5

8,732

253

33

Prairie

2.8

-0.1

483

-25

38

Hill

2.9

-0.2

7,219

-52

38

Madison

2.9

-0.1

3,740

-105

38

Silver Bow

2.9

-0.4

16,672

202

41

Meagher

3

-1.3

887

35

42

Pondera

3.1

-0.2

2,632

-3

43

Ravalli

3.2

-0.2

19,512

192

44

Broadwater

3.3

0.3

2,583

28

44

Lake

3.3

0

12,919

151

46

Powell

3.5

-0.2

2,776

65

46

Roosevelt

3.5

-0.3

4,271

-36

48

Golden Valley

3.6

-0.5

352

-2

49

Flathead

3.7

-0.4

46,205

735

50

Rosebud

3.8

-0.5

3,891

90

51

Mineral

4.1

-2.1

1,692

102

52

Sanders

4.4

-0.6

4,598

95

53

Granite

4.6

-0.4

1,579

55

54

Lincoln

5.5

-1.2

7,707

106

55

Glacier

6

-1.7

5,255

39

56

Big Horn

6.6

-1.6

4,352

-319

 

****** 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 2.8%. 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

3.5

0

12,655

158

2

Fort Peck

4.4

-0.4

3,840

-43

3

Fort Belknap

6.5

-1.7

725

-12

4

Blackfeet

8.4

-2.2

3,718

26

5

Rocky Boy's

8.6

-1

1,052

1

6

Crow

9.9

-2.3

2,225

-148

6

Northern Cheyenne

9.9

-1.5

1,308

-10

 

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