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County Ranks 47th In State For Unemployment

Roosevelt County is tied for 47th place in the state with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent during October.

The county has 4,190 residents employed, which is 80 less than a year ago.

Also tied for 47th place at 3.7 percent are Chouteau, Wheatland and Wibaux counties.

Fallon is the county with the lowest unemployment at 1.9 percent followed by McCone at 2 percent and Daniels at 2.1 percent. Also in the top five are Prairie and Valley tied at 2.2 percent.

The six counties with the highest unemployment are Glacier at 4.6, Mineral at 4.5, Big Horn at 4.3, Lincoln at 4.2, Sanders at 4.1 and Madison at 4.1 percent.

Richland County is tied for 25th place at 2.8 percent. Sheridan County is tied for sixth at 2.3 percent. Dawson County is tied for 21st at 2.7 percent.

As far as reservations, Flathead has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.7 percent. Fort Peck sits second at 4.6 percent.

In a press release, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte noted Montana reached its 24th consecutive month of unemployment below 3 percent. Prior to the governor taking office, Montana’s unemployment rate had fallen below 3 percent only three times since record-keeping began 50 years ago.

“Montana has seen two straight years of unemployment below 3 percent, shattering previous records,” Gianforte said. “With hardworking Montanans in mind, we’ll continue to cut red tape, lower taxes, and invest in a stronger workforce to make Montana an even better place to live, work, start a business, and raise a family.”

Payroll jobs in Montana rose by 1,600 in October, with the greatest gains in the leisure and hospitality industries, while total employment (which includes payroll, agricultural, and self-employed workers) fell slightly. Since January 2021, Montana has added nearly 40,000 jobs.

In October, Montana’s labor force grew by nearly 700 workers, adding nearly 9,000 workers since the start of the year.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers remained unchanged in October. Shelter costs continued to rise in October.

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