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County Ranks 44th For Unemployment Rate

According to information from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry for November, Roosevelt County ranks 44th in the state with an unemployment level of 3.6 percent.

The county’s unemployment rate is 1.2 percent higher than a year ago. There are 4,233 employed workers in the county, which is 69 less than a year ago.

Roosevelt County is just ahead of Phillips County at 3.8 percent and below Wibaux County at 3.5 percent.

The five counties with the highest rate of unemployment are Mineral at 5.8, Glacier at 5.5, Petroleum at 5.1, Lincoln at 5 and Granite at 4.9 percent.

Fallon County has the lowest unemployment in the state at 1.4 percent. Carter is second at 1.8 percent.

Tied for third at 2 percent are Daniels, Liberty, Sheridan and Valley counties.

Other eastern Montana counties include McCone at eighth with 2.2 percent, Custer at 16th with 2.5 percent, Dawson and Richland at 17th with 2.6 percent, and Garfield at 41st with 3.4 percent.

For reservations, Fort Peck ranks second at 4.5 percent. Flathead is first at 4 percent. Rocky Boy is seventh at 9.1 percent.

In a press release, Gov. Greg Gianforte noted that Montana’s total employment reached a new alltime high in November, growing by nearly 580 jobs and with more than 563,000 Montanans working.

“More Montanans are working now than ever before, and the size of our labor force continues to set new records. These positive trends continue for hardworking Montanans and employers alike,” Gianforte said in the press release. “I firmly believe better is always possible, and we’ll continue delivering on our pro-family, pro-jobs agenda to help more Montanans thrive and achieve the American dream.”

Montana’s labor force also grew by more than 1,400 workers in November, adding more than 11,000 workers since the start of the year.

The national unemployment rate in November was 3.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

The states with the lowest unemployment rates are Maryland at 1.8, North Dakota at 1.9, South Dakota at 2.0, Vermont at 2.1, Nebraska at 2.3 and New Hampshire at 2.3.

Montana is tied with 15th place. States with the highest unemployment levels are Nevada at 5.4, California at 4.9, New Jersey at 4.7 and Illinois at 4.7.

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