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Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.6% in April

Friday, May 17, 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 3.6% in the month of April.

“As our unemployment rate remains low, employers are looking for workers close to home with the training and skills to help their businesses grow,” said Governor Bullock. “That’s why here in Montana we continue to invest in our workforce and educational pathways to career growth so that all workers can take advantage of our state’s economic opportunities.”

The national unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to also sit at 3.6%. 

Total employment estimates indicate a gain of 232 jobs. Payroll employment posted no significant change as job gains in the professional and business services and construction industries were offset by declines in the retail trade and seasonal recreation industries. Continuing a pattern that tight labor markets are constraining job growth, Montana’s labor force contracted by about 200 workers over the month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in April, largely due to continuing increases in gasoline prices. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in April. 

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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 May 2019 will be released on Friday, June 21, 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 3.2%. 

 

 

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Daniels County

1.4

-0.5

843

5

2

McCone County

1.5

-0.2

943

3

3

Fallon County

1.6

0.0

1,620

-11

3

Powder River County

1.6

-1.7

908

-2

5

Garfield County

1.8

-0.4

710

3

5

Sheridan County

1.8

0.1

1,668

-56

7

Toole County

1.9

-1.1

2,024

-7

8

Gallatin County

2.0

-0.4

64,938

1,650

8

Liberty County

2.0

-0.2

955

35

10

Dawson County

2.1

-0.7

4,532

-24

11

Chouteau County

2.3

-0.8

2,414

63

12

Judith Basin County

2.5

-0.5

897

43

13

Custer County

2.6

-0.6

5,749

-70

13

Lewis and Clark County

2.6

-0.4

34,251

266

13

Madison County

2.6

-0.4

4,585

63

13

Richland County

2.6

-0.8

5,549

-29

17

Carter County

2.7

-0.4

639

17

17

Wibaux County

2.7

-1.0

425

-14

19

Beaverhead County

2.8

-0.3

4,799

14

19

Sweet Grass County

2.8

-0.2

1,678

4

19

Valley County

2.8

-0.3

3,871

-86

19

Wheatland County

2.8

-1.6

740

9

19

Yellowstone County

2.8

-0.2

79,353

-328

24

Cascade County

2.9

-0.4

37,108

471

24

Fergus County

2.9

-1.0

5,595

90

24

Missoula County

2.9

-0.2

62,338

1,011

24

Petroleum County

2.9

-1.3

269

-2

24

Stillwater County

2.9

-0.7

4,841

119

24

Treasure County

2.9

-0.1

338

20

30

Jefferson County

3.0

-0.8

5,411

54

30

Teton County

3.0

-0.1

2,630

56

32

Carbon County

3.1

-0.5

5,330

-3

32

Deer Lodge County

3.1

-0.2

4,908

-65

32

Meagher County

3.1

-1.1

927

60

35

Hill County

3.3

-0.2

7,152

-112

35

Park County

3.3

-1.0

8,378

256

37

Broadwater County

3.4

-0.3

2,526

31

38

Blaine County

3.5

-0.9

2,184

-24

38

Golden Valley County

3.5

-0.3

354

3

38

Pondera County

3.5

0.0

2,620

25

38

Silver Bow County

3.5

-0.3

16,551

46

42

Prairie County

3.6

0.0

459

1

43

Musselshell County

3.7

-0.8

2,095

-103

43

Phillips County

3.7

-1.6

1,837

64

45

Ravalli County

3.8

0.0

19,176

67

46

Lake County

3.9

-0.1

12,569

86

47

Powell County

4.0

-0.3

2,703

25

48

Rosebud County

4.5

-0.8

3,651

-7

49

Roosevelt County

4.6

-0.2

4,163

-38

50

Flathead County

4.7

-0.4

45,065

560

51

Mineral County

5.4

-2.3

1,636

99

52

Granite County

6.0

-0.1

1,604

73

53

Sanders County

6.1

-0.6

4,463

93

54

Glacier County

7.2

-0.7

5,050

-11

55

Lincoln County

7.3

-1.3

7,405

135

56

Big Horn County

7.6

-1.7

4,300

-357

 

 

 

****** 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 3.2%. 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

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Flathead

4.1

-0.2

12,316

99

2

Fort Peck

5.7

-0.3

3,746

-41

3

Fort Belknap

8.3

-2.3

720

-7

4

Rocky Boy's

9.7

-1.1

1,041

-3

5

Blackfeet

10

-0.8

3,581

-5

6

Crow Reservation

11.3

-2.5

2,200

-165

7

Northern Cheyenne

11.5

-2

1,249

-36

 

 

 

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