Montana, Flathead Unemployment Rates Up Slightly in June

By Beacon Staff

The state Labor Department says Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 7.5 percent in June.

Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly said Friday the economic recovery has slowed nationally, which has hampered Montana’s economic recovery. The state’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in May.

The U.S. unemployment rate increased from 9.1 percent in May to 9.2 percent in June.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment in Montana increased by 1,000 in June. The number of payroll jobs has increased by 3,100 in the last three months.

The Labor Department says the total number of Montanans who are working — including agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers — decreased by 900 in June.

Flathead County’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 11.4 percent in June. It was 11.2 percent in May.