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Montana March jobless rate falls to 3.8%

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HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate declined in March to 3.8%, marking the state’s third consecutive month of lower unemployment rates.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate was 6.0% in March.

Payroll employment saw growth of 4,000 jobs over the month, according to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

The Leisure and Hospitality sector added 1,300 jobs, while the manufacturing, education, and health sectors each added 800 jobs.

Montana’s total employment, which includes payroll, agricultural, and self-employed workers, grew by 1,210 jobs in March.

The labor force grew by 439 workers in March, signaling a rebound from recent declines.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.6% in March, the largest one-month increase since August 2012.

Prices for gasoline, which rose 9.1% in March, and natural gas were major contributors to the increase.

The lowest jobless rate was seen at 2.1% in Daniels and McCone counties. Big Horn and Glacier counties had the highest unemployment rates at 9.0%.

 

Unemployment Rate Employment
Rank County Current Unemployment Rate Change over Year Current Employment Job Change from Last Year
1 Daniels 2.1 -1.3 884 9
2 McCone 2.1 -0.2 950 29
3 Liberty 2.6 -0.7 978 21
4 Petroleum 2.6 -1.8 260 -2
5 Garfield 2.9 -0.7 728 -5
6 Gallatin 3 0.1 67552 224
7 Carter 3.1 0 632 -16
8 Sweet Grass 3.3 -0.2 1806 57
9 Toole 3.3 -0.6 2041 43
10 Fallon 3.4 0.8 1577 -64
11 Judith Basin 3.4 -1.3 939 -37
12 Meagher 3.4 -0.2 971 6
13 Powder River 3.4 -0.3 969 34
14 Beaverhead 3.5 -0.4 4850 -35
15 Chouteau 3.5 -0.2 2376 -55
16 Powell 3.6 -1.9 2789 96
17 Hill 3.7 -0.5 7190 -102
18 Stillwater 3.7 -0.1 5098 -48
19 Dawson 3.8 0.3 4403 -39
20 Lewis and Clark 3.8 -0.1 35029 332
21 Pondera 3.8 -0.4 2582 11
22 Golden Valley 3.9 -1.2 347 -5
23 Madison 3.9 -0.3 4985 -59
24 Deer Lodge 4.1 -0.5 4783 -10
25 Jefferson 4.1 -0.6 5556 51
26 Yellowstone 4.1 0 77299 -2317
27 Treasure 4.2 1.6 339 0
28 Valley 4.2 -0.1 3843 -14
29 Wibaux 4.2 0.2 431 -6
30 Custer 4.3 0.1 5940 -49
31 Teton 4.3 -0.1 2648 -15
32 Cascade 4.3 0.1 35264 -1262
33 Carbon 4.4 -0.6 5182 -127
34 Sheridan 4.4 1 1727 -19
35 Missoula 4.4 -0.1 59216 -2676
36 Blaine 4.6 -0.6 2182 -27
37 Fergus 4.6 -0.5 5574 92
38 Rosebud 4.6 -0.8 3459 -99
39 Prairie 4.8 -0.5 439 6
40 Ravalli 4.8 -0.7 19774 254
41 Silver Bow 4.9 -0.3 16154 -98
42 Lake 5 -0.7 12964 34
43 Park 5.1 -0.3 8080 -202
44 Richland 5.2 1.5 5425 -213
45 Roosevelt 5.3 -0.3 4174 -39
46 Broadwater 5.4 -0.1 2457 -7
47 Musselshell 5.4 -0.1 2195 -24
48 Phillips 5.5 0.7 1802 -9
49 Flathead 5.6 -1.3 45533 210
50 Granite 5.7 -2.5 1515 -55
51 Sanders 6.4 -1.8 4703 25
52 Wheatland 6.9 1.2 710 -7
53 Mineral 7.1 -5.2 1549 13
54 Lincoln 8.4 -3.6 7129 -95
55 Big Horn 9 0.8 4424 -137
56 Glacier 9 -0.1 4623 -451

 

 

Unemployment Rate Employment
Rank Area Current Unemployment Rate Change over Year Current Employment Job Change from Last Year
1 Flathead 5.3 -0.8 12684 20
2 Fort Peck 6.8 -0.3 3755 -32
3 Fort Belknap 11 -0.6 718 -9
4 Rocky Boy’s 11.8 -1.1 1040 -18
5 Northern Cheyenne 12.1 -1.1 1217 -37
6 Blackfeet 12.3 -0.1 3293 -300
7 Crow 13.3 1 2259 -69

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