Flathead County Unemployment Holds Steady at 7 Percent

By Beacon Staff

The unemployment rate in Flathead County held steady in June, according to the latest labor statistics.

Flathead County’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained 7 percent last month. Among a labor workforce of 44,804, there were 3,155 unemployed people in Flathead County in June, according to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 5.4 percent. The national rate was also steady at 7.6 percent.

Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says private employers added 2,300 jobs statewide in June, but government job losses resulted in a gain of only 100 jobs for overall payroll employment.

Bucy says Montana’s economy got back on track in April, May and June after a slow first quarter. She says the state has added 1,700 jobs in the past three months, and 6,000 over the past year. Montana’s June 2012 unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

Lincoln County’s unemployment rate was 12.9 percent, the second highest in the state behind only Big Horn, 14.4 percent. Glacier County’s rate was 10.3 percent.

Click here to view the county unemployment rates for June.

Flathead unemployment rates by month:
June 2013: 7%
May 2013: 7%
April 2013: 8.4%
March 2013: 9.4%
February 2013: 9.8%
January 2013: 10.6%
December 2012: 9.1%
November 2012: 9%
October 2012: 8.3%
September 2012: 7.4%
August 2012: 7.9%
July 2012: 7.9%
June 2012: 8.5%
May 2012: 9.2%

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