People are counted as unemployed if they are at least 16 years old, are without a job and available for work, and have recently made specific efforts to find employment. The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the entire labor force.
Montana's monthly unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in October, 2018. This compares to 3.7 percent in the U.S. as a whole.
Montana's average annual unemployment rate in 2017 . . .
was 4.0 percent compared to 4.4 for the U.S.
was less than the previous year's rate of 4.1 percent.
ranked 30th – from highest to lowest – out of the U.S.'s 50 states.