New numbers show that Montana’s unemployment rate dropped by .2 percent in April, bringing the statewide rate down to just four percent.

"It's a trend that we have been seeing over the last few months as the unemployment rate falls," said Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Amy Watson. "We have seen more employers hiring people and people entering the labor force. A lot of these new jobs are coming through the health care industry, that industry saw a growth of about 300 jobs in the last month [April]."

With the new growth, Montana now has a lower unemployment rate than it has had for over seven years.

"We are entering into a really low unemployment rate environment," Watson said. "as a matter of fact, Montana's unemployment rate hasn't been this low since September of 2007. For workers, that's a good thing because there are more people being hired and there is upward pressure on wages as employers raise wages to try to attract more workers."

Watson says the state is now concerned that there soon may not be enough workers to fill all of the state’s employment needs.

Below is the county by county unemployment rate. These numbers will have little correlation with the statewide numbers because they are not seasonally adjusted.

Rank
County
Current Unemployment
Rate
Change over Year
Current Employment
Job Change from Last Year
1
Daniels County
2.0
-0.7
915
-2
1
Sheridan County
2.0
-0.5
2,080
6
3
Fallon County
2.1
0.0
2,122
106
4
McCone County
2.2
0.0
1,081
35
5
Sweet Grass County
2.4
-1.4
1,724
28
6
Liberty County
2.5
-0.3
962
38
6
Wibaux County
2.5
-0.8
556
28
8
Chouteau County
2.6
-0.8
2,525
34
9
Powder River County
2.7
-0.8
1,043
50
9
Richland County
2.7
-0.2
7,370
385
11
Toole County
2.8
0.0
2,298
8
12
Dawson County
2.9
0.3
4,907
142
12
Gallatin County
2.9
-0.6
56,134
2,333
12
Valley County
2.9
-0.3
4,326
119
12
Yellowstone County
2.9
-0.7
79,986
2,564
16
Custer County
3.0
-0.1
6,424
-8
16
Lewis and Clark County
3.0
-0.7
34,711
454
18
Garfield County
3.1
0.8
722
11
18
Stillwater County
3.1
-0.3
4,952
34
20
Madison County
3.2
-1.4
4,349
-13
21
Jefferson County
3.3
-1.3
5,513
86
21
Judith Basin County
3.3
-1.5
924
19
23
Beaverhead County
3.4
-0.4
4,688
17
24
Carbon County
3.5
-0.4
5,397
178
24
Carter County
3.5
-0.8
626
10
26
Cascade County
3.6
-0.6
36,937
-416
26
Deer Lodge County
3.6
-0.6
5,158
58
26
Missoula County
3.6
-0.8
59,769
1,656
29
Teton County
3.7
-0.3
2,827
89
30
Silver Bow County
3.8
-1.1
16,384
-6
31
Hill County
3.9
-2.0
7,510
-6
32
Fergus County
4.0
-0.3
5,541
-19
32
Musselshell County
4.0
-0.3
2,379
89
32
Petroleum County
4.0
0.8
291
16
35
Golden Valley County
4.2
-0.6
391
15
35
Pondera County
4.2
-0.5
2,764
48
37
Meagher County
4.3
-0.3
846
-4
38
Rosebud County
4.4
-0.8
4,035
-42
38
Wheatland County
4.4
-1.0
745
14
40
Lake County
4.6
-1.2
12,066
17
40
Prairie County
4.6
-0.5
493
14
42
Powell County
4.8
-1.1
2,802
38
43
Broadwater County
4.9
-0.6
2,410
41
43
Ravalli County
4.9
-1.1
18,268
294
43
Roosevelt County
4.9
-0.3
4,627
27
46
Blaine County
5.0
-1.0
2,300
-53
46
Treasure County
5.0
0.8
340
2
48
Park County
5.2
-1.3
7,534
183
48
Phillips County
5.2
-0.8
1,872
31
50
Flathead County
5.5
-1.5
40,983
477
51
Granite County
6.0
-2.6
1,493
110
52
Big Horn County
6.4
-4.3
5,129
129
53
Mineral County
7.6
-1.1
1,599
5
53
Sanders County
7.6
-2.1
4,298
86
55
Glacier County
8.9
-1.3
4,946
-291
56
Lincoln County
10.3
-2.5
7,118
150