Department of Labor & Industry

Laurie Esau — Commissioner

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Mission Statement

Empowering Montanans Through Work and Opportunity

Enhancing Public Education and Awareness

As Montana's economy grows, and workforce and work places evolve to adapt to expanding technologies, we are working to make certain Montana's labor laws are understood by providing educational forums, local resource rooms, and proactive communications. Assistance to Business Clinics continue to be conducted in communities throughout the state each year; local Job Service Workforce Centers have expanded to house employer resource rooms; and the department web site expands to include additional information each day.

In response to the growing demand for safety training, a Montana Occupational Safety/Health Training Institute has been established to ensure that high-quality educational programs are available statewide. An employer magazine,  Main Street Montana, was launched in July 2000 to provide small employers information on employment-related topics and laws. Employers and employees are working hard to build and maintain a positive relationship. We want to provide tools they can use to accomplish this shared goal.

Department Structure

Organized into five divisions, the Department of Labor and Industry provides oversight and regulation of the Montana Workers' Compensation system, enforces state and federal labor standards, enforces state and federal safety and occupational health laws, provides adjudicative services in labor-management disputes, establishes and enforces building industry codes, licenses and regulates professions and occupations, regulates all weighing or measuring devices used in commercial transactions, conducts research, and collects employment statistics that enable strategic planning.

The department operates as part of a national employment, unemployment insurance, and job training system that assists individuals in preparing for and finding work, and helps workers obtain benefits if they are temporarily unemployed through no fault of their own.

The department receives and investigates complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, financial and credit transactions, insurance, and government services. Technical assistance and education are provided to employers, housing providers, and individuals to clarify state and federal discrimination law.

Featured News

Changes to UI Benefits & Eligibility
May 05, 2021
Important Notice: Changes to Federal UI Programs and Eligibility Requirements Montana’s Department of Labor & Industry will be making changes to several pandemic-related unemployment programs in the . . .
Montana to Launch Return-to-Work Bonuses, Return to Pre-pandemic Unemployment Program to Address Workforce Shortage
May 04, 2021
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced two measures to address the state’s severe workforce shortage and incentivize Montanans to reenter the labor force. The State of . . .
Apply for PUA
April 30, 2021
Self Employed, Contractors, and other individuals may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The user-friendly application can be accessed by going to mtpua.mt.gov and clicking on . . .
Whitefish Credit Union, Mann Mortgage, and Sliters Lumber and Building Supply Chosen as Flathead Job Service Employment Council’s (JSEC) 2021 Employers of Choice
April 23, 2021
KALISPELL, MT –  Three Flathead-area businesses – Whitefish Credit, Mann Mortgage, and Sliters Lumber and Building Supply – have been chosen as the 2021 Flathead Job Service . . .
Montana’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8% in March
March 18, 2021
HELENA, Mont. – Montana’s unemployment rate declined in March to 3.8%, the state’s third consecutive month of lower unemployment rates. Nationwide, the unemployment rate was 6.0% in . . .
DLI mails 1099-G tax forms to claimants
February 21, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that 1099-G forms have been mailed to all 2020 Unemployment Insurance benefit recipients. DLI sends 1099-G forms to individuals who received . . .
Job Service Great Falls education program partnership receives national recognition
February 18, 2026
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that the Connections 101 program has been recognized as an innovative practice in adult education by the U.S. Department of Education’s . . .
Governor Gianforte Issues New Directives, Executive Order
February 12, 2021
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte this morning issued two new directives and an executive order. The first directive rescinds and replaces all prior directives implementing Executive Order 2-2021, . . .
DLI releases January 2021 UI payment total
February 04, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that $66.8 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued over the month of January 2021, providing benefits to eligible Montanans. . . .
UI waiting week to be reinstated in Montana
January 29, 2021
HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that the one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants will be reinstated, effective Sunday, January 31, . . .
Montana’s Unemployment Rate Drops in December
January 28, 2021
Montana’s unemployment rate declined to 4.4% in December, down from 4.6% in November. Montana’s rate remains lower than the national rate of 6.7% in December. “While we’re . . .
DLI warns Montanans of text message scam
January 22, 2021
HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today is warning Montanans of a widespread text message scam that masquerades as a message from the Department.  At this time, it . . .
UI benefits for the week of January 11 through January 15
January 20, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that $20 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued the week of January 11 through January 15, providing benefits to eligible . . .
DLI finishes UI stimulus program extensions, is participating in MEUC program
January 12, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that Montana has begun paying out Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency . . .
DLI issues approximately $12M in UI benefits for the week of January 4 through January 8
January 12, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that just under $12 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued the week of January 4 through January 8, providing benefits to . . .
DLI Announces Become an Alum Partnership with Helena College
January 11, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that the Become an Alum (BAA) program has expanded to partner with Helena College. BAA program staff work with former students who left school . . .
DLI Begins Paying Federal $300 Stimulus Benefit
January 07, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that Montana has begun paying the additional $300 Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit established through the passage of the federal Continued . . .
DLI issues $7.6M in UI benefits for the week of December 28 through January 1
January 04, 2021
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that $7.6M in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued the week of December 28 through January 1, providing benefits to eligible . . .
Montana minimum wage increasing to $8.75 in 2021
December 30, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today is reminding Montanans that workers earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.75 per hour beginning January 1, 2021. An estimated 8,000 to . . .
DLI awaits federal guidance on UI changes under newly passed stimulus bill
December 28, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) is awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to distribute additional stimulus unemployment funds and implement program extensions and changes . . .
DLI issues $10.6M in UI benefits for the week of December 21 through December 25
December 28, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that $10.6M in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued the week of December 21 through December 25, providing benefits to eligible . . .
DLI Announces Become an Alum Partnership with Flathead Valley Community College
December 22, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that the Become an Alum (BAA) program has expanded to partner with Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). “We have a team ready to . . .
DLI issues $12.8M in UI benefits for the week of December 14 through December 18
December 22, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that $12.8M in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued the week of December 14 through December 18, providing benefits to eligible . . .
DLI releases 2019 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in Montana
December 21, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today released the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Montana experienced 38 work-related fatal injuries in 2019, an increase from 28 in 2018. . . .
DLI surpasses $1B in unemployment benefits to Montanans since the start of pandemic
December 20, 2020
Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) Acting Commissioner Brenda Nordlund announced today that the agency has distributed over $1 billion in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to over 107,000 Montanans . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Decreased to 4.9% in November
December 18, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate continued to decline to 4.9% in November, down from 5.0% in October. Montana’s rate remains lower than the national rate of . . .
DLI Announces Become an Alum Partnership with MSU Billings
December 17, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that the Become an Alum (BAA) program has expanded to partner with Montana State University Billings (MSU Billings) and City College at MSU . . .
JMG Announces Student Logo Awards; Highlights Exceptional Student Achievement
December 16, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that Paris Gibson Education Center in Great Falls is the winner of the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates (JMG) annual student logo . . .
DLI issues $12.8M in UI benefits for the week of December 7 through December 11
December 14, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that $12.8M in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued the week of December 7 through December 11, providing benefits to eligible . . .
DLI Names Technology Services Division Administrator
December 14, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) has hired IT expert Amber Dow as the next Administrator for the Department’s Technology Services Division. Dow joins DLI after 12 years of managing IT . . .
DLI issues $12.8M in UI benefits for the week of December 7 through December 11
December 14, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that $12.8M in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments were issued the week of December 7 through December 11, providing benefits to eligible . . .
DLI issues $12.5M in UI benefits for the week of November 30 through December 4
December 08, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that just under 40,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $12.5M were issued the week of November 30 through December 4, . . .
DLI begins issuing extra $200 benefit to unemployed Montanans affected by COVID-19
December 02, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that Montana has begun paying an additional $200 weekly benefit to unemployed Montanans impacted by COVID-19. Last month, Governor Steve . . .
DLI issues 20,000 UI payments for the week of November 23 through November 27
December 02, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that over 20,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling approximately $8.5M were issued the week of November 23 through November 27, . . .
DLI issues 20,000 UI payments for the week of November 23 through November 27
December 02, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that over 20,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling approximately $8.5M were issued the week of November 23 through November 27, . . .
DLI issues 20,500 UI payments for the week of November 16 through November 20
November 23, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that 20,500 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $9M were issued the week of November 16 through November 20, providing benefits to . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 4.9% in October
November 20, 2020
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate declined to 4.9% in October, down from 5.4% in September, due to strong job growth over the . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Additional $200 Payment for Unemployed Montanans
November 19, 2020
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock this week announced the launch of the Interim Pandemic Assistance program, directing the Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) to issue an extra $200 weekly . . .
Governor Bullock Announces New Public Health Measures to Curb COVID-19 Cases
November 17, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced new public health measures to limit capacity in bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and casinos, to limit public gatherings to 25 individuals where social distancing . . .
DLI issues 20,000 UI payments for the week of November 9 through November 13
November 16, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that just under 20,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $8M were issued the week of November 9 through November 13, providing . . .
DLI Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week, Presents Awards to Education Partners
November 12, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today presented awards to two outstanding apprenticeship partners to recognize National Registered Apprenticeship Week from November 8 through 14. Lorren . . .
DLI issues 19,500 UI payments for the week of November 2 through November 6
November 09, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that 19,500 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $7M were issued the week of November 2 through November 6, providing benefits to . . .
DLI highlights Kids’ Chance Awareness Week
November 09, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry is recognizing Kids’ Chance Awareness Week from November 9 through 13. DLI honors the effect Kids’ Chance of Montana has providing educational . . .
DLI releases 2019 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
November 05, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today released the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Employers in Montana reported a total of 13,700 recordable Occupational Safety and . . .
Governor Bullock Highlights 2020 Open Enrollment, Resources to Access Quality, Affordable Health Coverage
November 04, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today highlighted the beginning of the 2020 Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and promotion and outreach efforts to ensure Montanans have quality and affordable health . . .
DLI issues 20,000 UI payments for the week of October 26 through October 30
November 04, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that 20,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $7.5M were issued the week of October 26 through October 30, providing benefits to . . .
Governor Bullock Announces 13,000 Small Businesses Now Supported Through Targeted Relief Programs
October 29, 2020
Nearly 13,000 small Montana businesses in every corner of the state have now received support through Governor Steve Bullock’s Business Stabilization and Business Adaptation grant programs, he announced . . .
Commerce Department Launches Program to Provide Legal Assistance for Montanans Facing Pandemic-Related Evictions
October 27, 2020
The Montana Department of Commerce announced Tuesday a new partnership with the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) to form the Montana Eviction Intervention Project, a new program that will provide civil . . .
DLI issues nearly 20,000 UI payments for the week of October 19 through October 23
October 26, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that nearly 20,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling just under $8M were issued the week of October 19 through October 23, providing . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Consumer Complaint Form to Notify Public Health Officials of COVID-19 Violations
October 26, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced the public can now notify health officials of violations of COVID-19 directives by using the Consumer Complaint Form used to report food borne illnesses and other public . . .
Governor Bullock Announces More than $1 Million in Business Development Funding to Create up to 136 Montana Jobs, Train New Workers
October 23, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced $1,050,260 in business development funding through the Montana Department of Commerce to support the creation of up to 136 jobs and train new workers at eight growing . . .
Governor Bullock Visits Missoula College to Highlight the Role of Apprenticeship in Economic Recovery, Releases Annual Report
October 21, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today released the 2020 Montana Registered Apprenticeship Data Report during a visit to the Missoula College Carpentry Shop to highlight how apprenticeship has consistently played a . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.3% in September
October 20, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate returned to a near-normal level of 5.3 percent in September after dropping from 5.6 percent in August. Economists typically consider . . .
DLI issues 21,000 UI payments for the week of October 5 through October 9
October 13, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that 21,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling $8M were issued the week of October 5 through October 9, providing benefits to eligible . . .
Governor Bullock Directs $200M in Coronavirus Relief Funds to Boost UI Trust Fund, Lower Fees for Montana Businesses
October 07, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced he is directing $200 million in state Coronavirus Relief Funds to effectively double the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and prevent the thousands of Montana businesses who . . .
DLI issues 22,000 UI payments for the week of September 28 through October 2
October 06, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that almost 22,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $8M were issued the week of September 28 through October 2, providing . . .
Governor Bullock Highlights Critical Infrastructure Investments as 70 Construction Projects Begin Across Montana
October 05, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today visited critical infrastructure projects to improve the Lockwood Sewer and Water District and the early construction of the Yellowstone River Bridge segment of the Billings Bypass to . . .
DLI issues $10M in UI payments for the week of September 21 through September 25
September 28, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that 24,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling $10M were issued the week of September 21 through September 25, providing benefits to . . .
DLI issues total of $64M in LWA payments to Montanans
September 25, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) announced today that the agency issued a total of $64M in Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) payments to Montanans impacted by COVID-19 at the completion of the . . .
DLI alerts Montanans of new UI fraud scheme, urges protection of personal information
September 23, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today alerts Montanans to a recent development in nationwide fraud schemes targeting unemployment insurance programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Montana Ranks 6th in Nation on Fastest COVID-19 Job Recovery
September 22, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana ranks 6th in the nation on employment performance since the pre-COVID-19 recession peak and emphasized the need for a healthy workforce to have a healthy economy as . . .
DLI issues over $10.5M in UI payments for the week of September 14 through September 18
September 22, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that 27,311 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $10.5M were issued the week of September 14 through September 18, providing . . .
Montana Taxable Wage Base Released for 2021
September 21, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today announced that the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Taxable Wage Base for 2021 will be $35,300, an increase of $1,200 from 2020. Montana’s taxable wage . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Jobs for Montana’s Graduates Receives National Performance Award
September 18, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Jobs for Montana’s Graduates received its fourteenth “5-of-5” award, showing the state program continues to provide superior services to . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.6% in August
September 18, 2020
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in August, dropping by 0.9 percentage points to 5.6%. Montana’s unemployment . . .
Governor Bullock Presents Report Affirming Business and Employer Benefits of Medicaid Expansion
September 15, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today presented an updated report affirming that Medicaid expansion has been beneficial to businesses, workers, and the Montana economy, and supports efforts to maintain a healthy and safe . . .
DLI issues over $20M in UI payments for the week of September 7 through September 11
September 15, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that almost 54,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $20M were issued the week of September 7 through September 11, providing . . .
Governor Bullock Pivots Innovate Montana Symposium to Online Business Success Platform
September 11, 2020
MONTANA – Governor Bullock today announced that the long-running Innovate Montana Symposium will this year pivot to an online video portal intended to help businesses with economic recovery during the . . .
$400 Lost Wages Program Ending; Total payments estimated at $59M
September 09, 2020
HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today was informed in a call with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that FEMA will not . . .
DLI issues almost $27M in UI payments issued for the week of August 31 through September 4
September 09, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that nearly 51,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling almost $27M were issued the week of August 31 through September 4, providing . . .
Governor Bullock Discusses Apprenticeship, Economic Recovery with Butte Plumbers and Pipefitters
September 08, 2020
BUTTE – Governor Steve Bullock today visited the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #41 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee to discuss how apprenticeship has continued safely during the pandemic . . .
DLI issues $42M in UI payments issued for the week of August 24 through August 28
August 31, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that nearly 54,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $42M were issued the week of August 24 through August 28, providing . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Montana is Now Issuing Additional $400 Weekly Benefit to Unemployed Montanans
August 27, 2020
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the Montana Department of Labor & Industry is now issuing the $400 weekly payment through the Lost Wages Assistance Program for Montanans filing for . . .
Over 27,500 UI payments issued for the week of August 17 through August 21
August 25, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that over 27,500 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling almost $11M were issued over the week of August 17 through August 21, providing . . .
Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.4% in July
August 21, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate decreased for the third straight month, dropping by 0.8 percentage points to 6.4% in July. Montana’s unemployment rate is 3.8 . . .
Montana’s application for “Lost Wage Assistance” funds approved
August 20, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has approved Montana’s application for the Lost Wages . . .
Over 28,000 UI payments issued for the week of August 10 through August 14
August 18, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that over 28,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $11M were issued over the week of August 10 through August 14, providing . . .
DLI to host Employer Town Hall on workplace safety considerations during COVID-19
August 04, 2020
On Wednesday, August 5, at noon, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) will host a virtual Employer Town Hall on public health and workplace safety considerations for Montana employers with limited . . .
Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Urge U.S. Census Bureau to Uphold Commitment to a Complete Count Following COVID-19 Disruptions
August 04, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today sent a letter urging the U.S. Census Bureau to continue 2020 Census operations through its extended deadline of October 31 to get an accurate count for . . .
DLI issues over $40M in UI payments for the week of July 27 through July 31
August 03, 2020
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that over 41,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling over $40M were issued over the week of July 27 through July 31, providing benefits . . .
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