Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September to 4.1 percent, a decline of 0.1 percentage points from the revised August estimate of 4.2 percent.  The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 5.1 percent.

“Montana’s economy continues to show strength as we head toward the end of the year,” Governor Steve Bullock said.  “Over 10,000 jobs have been added over the last twelve months, and wages are outpacing the national average.”

Employment growth during 2015 remains quite strong, with a 2.1 percent increase in employment over the last year compared to the long-term average of about 1 percent.