Posted: Jun 21, 2013 8:42 AM by MTN News
HELENA - Fewer people were out of work in May with the Montana unemployment rate falling by 0.1% to 5.4%.
The drop continues the long-term downward trend that has been happening since mid 2010.
"Montana has added more than 2,500 jobs in the last two months, continuing the strong employment growth experienced in 2012," said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. "Montana's unemployment rate continues to fall, and Montanans are back to work."
Total employment increased by 1,740 over the month, the largest monthly job increase of 2013, according to state figures released Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the national rate increased slightly by 0.1 percentage points to 7.6%.