Montana’s unemployment rate has held steady at 5.2 percent in November.  The state’s rate has declined by half a percent over the last year.  The national unemployment rate remains higher than Montana’s rate at 7.0 percent in November, down 0.3 percentage points from the prior month.

“Montana’s economy continues to perform better than the rest of the nation, steadily adding jobs for our workers,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “Strong retail sales during this holiday season will help our economy gain momentum for the next year.”