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Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:52:15-04

GREAT FALLS — Montana’s unemployment rate has been steady at 3.5%. as the state added more than 872 jobs through the month of January

Governor Steve Bullock’s office issued a release Monday stating the unemployment rate for Montana and for other counties as well.

Cascade County is currently sitting at 4.2% with 36,635 people currently unemployed, which is up over 400 from last year.

Dave Ketelhohn with Great Falls Job Service says the change in the weather will bring back seasonal jobs that we usually don’t have in the winter, which can help those who are temporarily laid off.

“You can well imagine the construction jobs are firing back up now in springtime and it turns around to that time of year when actually, employers are now having a hard time finding those people,” said Ketelhohn.



He added that if you are struggling to find or keep a job, they have resources at Job Service to help job seekers identify what it is they can be doing to help in their search. He said, “Talk the talk of the new employer that you’re aiming for, it’s about the employers needs so we help job seekers identify what those are through our experience working with local employers.”

The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) is not yet known; Governor Bullock said “While we don’t yet have an understanding of coronavirus and its economic impact in Montana, I am taking aggressive action to reduce the spread to keep as many Montanans healthy as possible now and protect Montana’s economic strength in the longterm.”

Great Falls Job Service also had a community job fair scheduled in April…That event has been postponed at this time and we will update once it is rescheduled.

The agency is still available to assist those searching for a job at this time. It is at 1018 7th Street South and open weekdays until 5 p.m.; click here to visit the website.

****** COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ******

The unemployment rate and ranking for each of Montana’s 56 counties is provided below for your convenience. County unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted and should be compared to the unadjusted statewide unemployment rate of 4.4%.

Unemployment Rate

Employment

Rank

County

Current Unemployment Rate

Change over Year

Current Employment

Job Change from Last Year

1

Fallon

2.3

0.1

1,635

-16

2

Carter

2.4

-2.0

599

-30

2

McCone

2.4

0.5

909

-15

2

Treasure

2.4

-1.2

323

1

5

Gallatin

2.5

-0.2

67,332

2,599

6

Daniels

2.9

0.6

863

-20

7

Powder River

3.0

-0.7

911

-9

8

Wibaux

3.1

-0.6

434

-13

9

Richland

3.2

0.4

5,718

56

9

Sheridan

3.2

0.1

1,668

-25

11

Dawson

3.3

0.4

4,401

-57

11

Liberty

3.3

-0.1

901

-24

11

Toole

3.3

0.8

2,014

-50

14

Chouteau

3.6

-0.1

2,315

-12

14

Madison

3.6

-0.4

5,328

203

14

Sweet Grass

3.6

0.1

1,731

25

17

Beaverhead

3.7

-0.5

4,802

-56

17

Petroleum

3.7

-1.6

263

-5

19

Deer Lodge

3.8

-0.3

4,803

-8

19

Garfield

3.8

0.7

692

-29

19

Lewis and Clark

3.8

-0.1

34,483

416

19

Pondera

3.8

-1.2

2,504

-38

19

Stillwater

3.8

-0.1

5,115

309

19

Yellowstone

3.8

0.0

78,586

337

25

Hill

4.0

-0.1

7,281

116

25

Meagher

4.0

-1.1

955

8

27

Missoula

4.1

-0.2

61,556

1,190

28

Cascade

4.2

0.2

36,635

423

28

Custer

4.2

0.0

5,845

130

28

Valley

4.2

0.3

3,855

-9

31

Jefferson

4.3

-0.2

5,458

51

32

Powell

4.4

0.0

2,765

101

33

Park

4.5

-0.8

8,241

220

34

Fergus

4.7

0.0

5,758

95

34

Silver Bow

4.7

0.0

16,407

244

36

Blaine

4.8

-0.3

2,377

31

36

Judith Basin

4.8

0.0

919

39

38

Golden Valley

4.9

-1.3

347

-2

38

Roosevelt

4.9

-0.1

4,249

-29

40

Carbon

5.0

0.3

5,238

8

40

Rosebud

5.0

-0.9

3,549

4

40

Teton

5.0

0.6

2,586

-1

43

Prairie

5.1

0.5

449

-7

43

Ravalli

5.1

-0.7

19,228

552

45

Phillips

5.3

0.0

1,769

-32

46

Broadwater

5.4

0.6

2,445

39

47

Lake

5.8

0.4

12,443

306

48

Wheatland

6.1

0.6

728

-4

49

Musselshell

6.3

1.5

2,153

9

50

Flathead

6.5

0.3

44,778

1,019

51

Big Horn

7.3

-1.9

4,322

-131

52

Granite

8.4

0.8

1,601

-47

53

Glacier

8.5

-1.0

4,986

10

53

Sanders

8.5

-0.3

4,408

81

55

Lincoln

10.4

0.4

7,266

102

56

Mineral

10.9

2.4

1,578

15