Governor Bullock Announces Montana's Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.4%

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Montana- Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana's unemployment rate has reached a 10-year low for the second straight month, decreasing 0.1 percentage points to 3.4% in July.

"Montana's economy continues to grow, with about 4,000 new jobs added so far in 2019," Governor Bullock said. "My administration will continue to invest in our state's economy by expanding access to workforce development opportunities to ensure every Montanan has the ability to join the workforce and contribute to our ongoing success."

The national unemployment rate remained steady in July at 3.7%

Total employment, which includes agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers, indicated a gain of 1,371 jobs in July, while the labor force grew by 791. Payroll employment added 900 jobs over the month. The construction industry posted significant job gains over the month, with 600 jobs added, corresponding to 2.1% growth. Job losses were concentrated in retail trade, and leisure and hospitality industries. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in July, driven by a rise in gasoline prices. The indexes for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, also rose by 0.3%. The core inflation rise was broad-based, with increases in the indexes for shelter, medical care, airline fares, household furnishings and operations, apparel, and personal care all contributing to the increase.

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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 direted to the Montana Department of Labor & Industry's Reseach and Analysis Bureau at 406-444-4100.

The next Labor Situation Report for the month of August 2019 will be released on Friday, September 20.2019.

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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.

 

**** 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 2.7%.

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

 

Fallon County

 

1.2

 

-0.4

 

1,706

 

-16

 

2

 

Daniels County

 

1.4

 

-0.3

 

884

 

-21

 

3

 

Gallatin County

 

1.6

 

-0.5

 

68,871

 

154

 
 

3

 

Sheridan County

 

1.6

 

-0.7

 

1,752

 

69

 
 

5

 

Garfield County

 

1.7

 

-1

 

730

 

2

 
 

5

 

Treasure County

 

1.7

 

-0.7

 

351

 

27

 
 

7

 

Carter County

 

1.9

 

-0.4

 

658

 

12

 
 

7

 

Dawson County

 

1.9

 

-0.9

 

4,751

 

240

 
 

7

 

Powder River County

 

1.9

 

-0.6

 

943

 

-28

 
 

10

 

Chouteau County

 

2

 

-0.7

 

2,523

 

123

 
 

10

 

Liberty County

 

2

 

-0.5

 

974

 

8

 
 

12

 

Judith Basin County

 

2.1

 

-0.2

 

924

 

47

 
 

12

 

Toole County

 

2.1

 

-0.4

 

2,134

 

8

 
 

14

 

Beaverhead County

 

2.2

 

-0.5

 

5,096

 

84

 
 

14

 

McCone County

 

2.2

 

0.3

 

980

 

-6

 
 

16

 

Custer County

 

2.3

 

-0.5

 

6,196

 

201

 
 

16

 

Fergus County

 

2.3

 

-0.5

 

5,902

 

220

 
 

16

 

Meagher County

 

2.3

 

-0.6

 

922

 

-32

 
 

16

 

Park County

 

2.3

 

-0.6

 

9,112

 

-62

 
 

16

 

Richland County

 

2.3

 

-0.6

 

5,843

 

49

 
 

16

 

Sweet Grass County

 

2.3

 

-0.5

 

1,770

 

21

 
 

16

 

Wibaux County

 

2.3

 

-1.2

 

459

 

-6

 
 

23

 

Lewis and Clark County

 

2.4

 

-0.6

 

36,371

 

1135

 
 

23

 

Teton County

 

2.4

 

-0.5

 

2,738

 

98

 
 

25

 

Jefferson County

 

2.5

 

-0.8

 

5,726

 

153

 
 

25

 

Missoula County

 

2.5

 

-0.5

 

62,256

 

1720

 
 

25

 

Stillwater County

 

2.5

 

-0.4

 

5,077

 

255

 
 

25

 

Valley County

 

2.5

 

0

 

4,117

 

-99

 
 

29

 

Carbon County

 

2.6

 

-0.4

 

5,377

 

25

 
 

29

 

Deer Lodge County

 

2.6

 

-0.7

 

5,189

 

71

 
 

29

 

Madison County

 

2.6

 

-0.1

 

3,884

 

-484

 
 

29

 

Powell County

 

2.6

 

-0.7

 

2,896

 

-21

 
 

33

 

Golden Valley County

 

2.7

 

-1.6

 

354

 

-5

 
 

34

 

Blaine County

 

2.8

 

-1.1

 

2,286

 

156

 
 

34

 

Cascade County

 

2.8

 

-0.5

 

36,669

 

344

 
 

34

 

Petroleum County

 

2.8

 

0.1

 

274

 

-9

 
 

34

 

Yellowstone County

 

2.8

 

-0.6

 

80,205

 

1216

 
 

38

 

Phillips County

 

3

 

-0.9

 

1,926

 

80

 
 

38

 

Ravalli County

 

3

 

-0.6

 

20,125

 

814

 
 

38

 

Silver Bow County

 

3

 

-0.7

 

17,433

 

414

 
 

38

 

Wheatland County

 

3

 

-1.3

 

777

 

29

 
 

42

 

Pondera County

 

3.2

 

-0.9

 

2,736

 

137

 
 

43

 

Flathead County

 

3.3

 

-0.4

 

48,261

 

-723

 
 

43

 

Musselshell County

 

3.3

 

-0.5

 

2,197

 

4

 
 

43

 

Prairie County

 

3.3

 

-0.1

 

500

 

15

 
 

46

 

Broadwater County

 

3.4

 

-0.1

 

2,690

 

105

 
 

46

 

Hill County

 

3.4

 

-0.3

 

7,540

 

197

 
 

46

 

Lake County

 

3.4

 

-0.8

 

13,487

 

630

 
 

49

 

Granite County

 

3.6

 

-0.5

 

1,630

 

-45

 
 

50

 

Mineral County

 

3.9

 

-1.9

 

1,748

 

28

 
 

51

 

Roosevelt County

 

4.2

 

-0.8

 

4,457

 

223

 
 

52

 

Sanders County

 

4.3

 

-1

 

4,794

 

212

 
 

53

 

Rosebud County

 

4.5

 

-0.6

 

4,059

 

331

 
 

54

 

Lincoln County

 

5

 

-1.1

 

8,038

 

349

 
 

55

 

Big Horn County

 

6.2

 

-3.6

 

4,539

 

97

 
 

56

 

Glacier County

 

6.6

 

-1.3

 

5,484

 

-100

 
 
 

 

**** 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 2.7% . Reservation areas overlap with county areas, meaning that unemployed individuals living on a reservation will be included in both the reservation and county totals.

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Flathead

 

3.6

 

0.1

 

13,189

 

534

 

2

Fort Peck

 

5.2

 

0.8

 

4,006

 

166

 

3

Fort Belknap

 

6.6

 

0.1

 

753

 

28

 
 

4

Blackfeet

 

9.1

 

0.7

 

3,879

 

161

 
 

5

Rocky Boy's

 

9.3

 

-0.6

 

2,312

 

87

 
 

6

Crow

 

9.7

 

1.1

 

1,095

 

43

 
 

7

Northern Cheyenne

 

11.1

 

1.2

 

1,364

 

56

 
 
 

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