Montana jobless rate at 4.0% in November

HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock reports that Montana’s unemployment rate has remained steady for most of 2017, saying workers and families are heading into the holidays with a strong economy driving growth in local communities across the state.

Gov. Bullock’s office says the unemployment rate was 4.0% for the month of November while the U.S. jobless rate remained at 4.1%.

Over the last three months, Montana has added about 1,400 payroll jobs, according to the most recent numbers. Based on the data posted so far, Montana is expected to finish 2017 with employment growth of 0.8%, and wage growth nearly double last year’s pace.

The lowest jobless rate in the Treasure State sits at 2.1% in Carter County while the highest unemployment rate of 12.2% can be found in Big Horn County.