HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3 percent in November.
The rate is down 0.2 percentage points from October.
The state’s unemployment rate has decreased by a full percentage point since January. The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 5.8 percent.
In Flathead County, the non-seasonally unemployment rate in November was 5.8 percent, up slightly from October’s rate of 5.1 percent. Lincoln County’s non-seasonally unemployment rate was 10.6 percent, and Lake County’s was 5.8 percent. Sanders County came in a 9.7 percent. Glacier County had the highest rate of unemployment in November, with 10.8 percent.
State Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says expectations are for Montana to a strong holiday season this month in retail and tourism.
Bucy says the economy is expected to continue growing into next year.
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