HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate checked in at 3.6 percent for September, the lowest rate in Treasure State in over a decade.
Payroll employment posted a gain of 500 jobs in September, with 800 jobs gained in the private sector, according to numbers released by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
Yellowstone County’s jobless rate was 3 percent in September, down four-tenths of a point from September 2017, according to the labor department.
The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.7 percent.
Meanwhile, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.1% in September due to price increases in housing and shelter.
The lowest jobless rate in Montana sat at 1.7 percent in Fallon County for September while at the other end of the spectrum, Big Horn County’s rate was the highest at 8.1 percent.
South-central Montana unemployment rates in September (and change from previous year):
Carbon 2.9 percent (-0.4)
Stillwater 2.9 percent (-0.6)
Meagher 3 percent (-1)
Musselshell 3.8 percent (no change)
Rosebud 5 percent (-0.3)
Park 2.6 percent (0.3)