Posted: Aug 19, 2013 3:37 PM by MTN News
HELENA - The unemployment rate in Montana fell 0.1 percent in July, and is sitting at 5.3 percent, as compared to the current national unemployment rate of 7.4 percent.
"Montana's unemployment rate is continuing its downward trend, as employers continue to feel more confident in our economy", Pam Bucy, Labor Commissioner, said. "Despite job growth being slower than last year, our economy is gaining ground and getting stronger every day."
Payroll employment added roughly 900 jobs in July. The Leisure and Hospitality sector has posted job gains during the last few months while construction employment remains fairly stable and government employment continues to decline.
State officials said that total employment estimates, which include payroll employment and the self-employed, indicate a small employment decline of 700 jobs. The decline in the unemployment rate was primarily the result of nearly 1,000 Montanans leaving the labor force.
Fallon County has the lowest Montana jobless rate at 1.5 percent while Big Horn County has the highest rate of joblessness, at 14.6 percent.
A county-by-county breakdown of Montana's unemployment rate is available here.