Montana Labor Market Information

Labor Market Publications

Labor Day Report-2021
September 2021
The Department of Labor & Industry's annual report to the governor on the current state of Montana's economy.
Montana Economy at a Glance
August 2021
Montana's monthly economic newsletter. Features a new article on a different aspect of the state's economy every month!
Informational Wage Rates by Occupation
May 2021
Wage Rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments covered by unemployment insurance.
Telework and Non-Telework Occupations
January 2021

Examines the different impacts of the pandemic for teleworkers and non-teleworkers.

December 2020

Minimum Wage Fact Sheet
January 2021
Facts and statistics relating to Montana's current minimum wage.
Out of the Office
December 2020

How a lack of child care has impacted Montana businesses

November 2020

Impacts of Child Care on the Montana Workforce
November 2020

A survey of Montana Businesses, conducted in the first quarter of 2020, illustrates how Montana’s lack of affordable child care negatively impacted businesses in 2019

Apprenticeship Data Report
March 2020
Data on apprentice demographics, program participation, and employment outcomes to provide insight to policy makers and program administrators.
Childcare as a Workforce Issue
November 2019

A presentation to the State Workforce Innovation Board on the cost and availability of childcare in Montana, and its effect on workforce participation

Author: Amy Watson

MT Employment Projections 2018-28
June 2019
Employment and labor force projections to provide insight into the occupational and skill needs of Montana’s growing and changing workforce.
Bozeman Area Labor Report
February 2019

This report focuses on Bozeman's economic growth as it relates to the labor market.

Montana College Report - Meeting State Workforce Demands
June 2017
A report on the labor market outcomes of Montana colleges.
Labor Market Outcomes for Missoula College
July 2016

A report on the educational outcomes of Missoula College students, and the expected job demand for the region.

Montana Labor Day Report 2021: A Summary
September 2021
Each year on Labor Day, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry issues a report on the Montana economy called the Labor Day Report. This article summarizes this year’s report.
Planning for the Future
August 2021
This article looks at employment projections, high wage occupations, and the skills required for tomorrow’s workforce.
Where are the Workers?
July 2021
Explores the reasons people stay out of the labor force, and how the pandemic has affected worker supply.
More Money, More... Inflation?
June 2021
A Review of Inflation and its Causes.
Who are Montana's Long-Term Unemployed?
May 2021
A discussion of economic research on the long-term unemployed and how it applies across Montana.
2020 Hindsight
March 2021
A Summary of Montana’s Economic Changes in 2020
A Tale of Two Recessions
February 2021
An analysis of the impact of the past two recessions on high and low-wage jobs.
Telework and Non-Telework Occupations
January 2021

Examines the different impacts of the pandemic for teleworkers and non-teleworkers.

December 2020

Out of the Office
December 2020

How a lack of child care has impacted Montana businesses

November 2020

Apprenticeship in Montana and the Growing Demand for Apprenticeable Jobs
November 2020

How Montana’s Registered Apprentice Program continues to evolve with the needs of the economy.

October 2020

Medicaid Expansion and Montana Businesses
October 2020

This article summarizes research on the utilization of Medicaid Expansion for health insurance among Montana’s workforce and employers.

September 2020

Understanding the Unemployment Rate during the COVID-19 Pandemic
September 2020

Explores an array of statistics to gain a fuller understanding of the labor market impacts of COVID-19 and the recovery so far.

August 2020

Montana Job Switching in Good Times and in Bad Times
August 2020

This article examines potential trends in job switching as Montana recovers from the COVID-19 recession.

July 2020

The COVID-19 Recession: Frequently Asked Questions
July 2020

This recession is unique compared with prior downturns, and it has led to several questions. This article answers the most common of these questions.

June 2020

Responding to a Pandemic
June 2020

This article shows the economic impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis and explains the macroeconomic concepts behind these events.

May 2020

Montana's Unemployment Claims
April 2020

Exploring Montana's UI claims to illustrate the early impacts of COVID-19 on the state economy.

April 2020

Entrepreneurship, Business Survival Rates, and Job Creation in Montana
March 2020

How long do new businesses last in Montana?

March 2020

Montana's Reservation Economies
February 2020

An overview of the economic conditions on Montana's seven reservations.

February 2020

What is Montana's Top Industry?
December 2019

How each industry in Montana contributes to the statewide economy.

December 2019

Who Are Montana's Tech-Related Workers?
November 2019

A look at the role tech-related workers play in Montana's economy.

November 2019

Home Under the Big Sky
October 2019

A look at the current state of Montana's Housing Market.

October 2019

Destination Montana
September 2019

Highlighting worker migration's role in Montana’s economy.


September 2019

Jobs of Tomorrow: Montana Job Projections 2018-2028
August 2019

A summary of the 2018-2028 Montana Employment Projections.

August 2019

Anticipating the Next Recession
July 2019

A discussion of the economic indicators economists use to predict recessions.

July 2019

No Workers, No Problem
June 2019

Explores the importance of productivity in helping Montana maintain economic growth while workers are hard to find.

June 2019

Where are the Workers?
May 2019

As businesses struggle to find workers, it is essential to understand why some people choose not to participate in the labor force.

May 2019

Understanding the Childcare Workforce
April 2019

This article explores the employment and wages of childcare workers, who are a critical component in addressing the state’s workforce shortage.

April 2019

Job-to-Job Hires and Separations
March 2019

This article dives under the calm surface of net employment growth to highlight the frequency of underlying job changes.

March 2019

Understanding the Work Lives of the Not-so-Rich and Famous
February 2019

An examination of the work and spending patterns of different income groups in Montana.

February 2019

The Economic Impact of Medicaid in Montana
December 2018

A study examining the number of workers enrolled in Montana Medicaid and the characteristics of the businesses who employ them.

December 2018

The Changing Face of Apprenticeship in Montana
November 2018

Apprenticeship is expanding in Montana, with higher participation and a greater diversity of apprentices.

November 2018

Where Does Wage Growth Come From?
October 2018

An examination of the factors that cause wages to grow in Montana.

October 2018

Childcare in Montana
September 2018

This article explores the availability and affordability of childcare in Montana, and how it affects the state’s workforce.

September 2018

Montana 2018 Labor Day Report in Brief
August 2018

A summary of this year's Labor Day Report, a report to the governor on the current state of Montana's economy.

August 2018

A Rising Tide: Who Experienced Wage Growth in Montana?
June 2018

Does Montana's recent wage growth extend to workers in all income brackets?

June 2018

Is it Time for a Raise?
May 2018

Understanding Montana's Wage Growth since the Great Recession

June 2018

It's Never Too Early to Learn About Careers
April 2018

Career education should begin well before middle school. Montana Career Lab has the resources to help.

April 2018

Montana's Outdoor Economy
March 2018

While economists are still perfecting how to measure the benefits of outdoor recreation in Montana, it is already obvious that it provides large benefits to the state.

March 2018

Montana's Entrepreneurs
February 2018
Because local entrepreneurs are so significant to our economy, it is important to have a better understanding of business start-ups in Montana.
Economic Growth in Rural Montana
December 2017

Education, innovation, and distribution of knowledge can be an effective economic development tool for rural areas.

Montana Employment Growth Outpaces the Nation
November 2017

 

Which of Montana's industries are outperforming the nation in employment growth?

Does Your College Major Matter in the Workforce?
October 2017

Our study of workforce outcomes finds that a student's major is only one determinate of career success.

Online Job Postings as Economic Data
September 2017

Online job postings can tell us whether employers are hiring, what occupations are in demand, and what skills are needed to fill jobs

Montana College Graduates
June 2017

A summary of the State College Report 2017

Happy on Mondays
May 2017

The importance of Montana's 55-and-over labor force.

What is Inflation and Why do we Care?
April 2017

What is Inflation and Why do we Care?  The answer is not as simple as you think.

Is Small Business Big in Montana?
March 2017

 

How large a role do small businesses play in Montana’s economy?

The Economic Contribution of Montana's Nonprofits
December 2016

Montana nonprofits provided more than 51,000 jobs and paid over $2.1 billion in wages in 2015

The Nursing Workforce in Montana
November 2016

 

Nurses play a part in nearly all facets of healthcare delivery, and understanding the characteristics of these workers is essential to predicting future workforce needs.

STEM Jobs in Montana
October 2016

This article reports on the current level of STEM employment in Montana and helps students and job seekers to determine whether STEM is right for them.

Understanding the Unemployment Rate
June 2016

In contrast to more abstract concepts like gross domestic product, personal income, or inflation, the unemployment rate seems very straightforward. But is it really?

The Demographics of Unemployment Insurance Claimants
May 2016

This article explores the demographics of Montana’s UI claimants to gain insights about labor market, industry, and seasonal employment trends

Equal Pay Day
April 2016

This article examines the evidence for the gender wage gap in Montana

The Economics of Rural Health Care
March 2016

This article examines the unique characteristics of health care supply and demand and how they affect Montana’s rural communities

Helena Area Labor Report 2021
September 2021

This report provides info on the Helena area labor market to help the community address workforce and training needs and challenges.

Labor Day Report-2021
September 2021
The Department of Labor & Industry's annual report to the governor on the current state of Montana's economy.
Child Care Deserts White Paper
August 2021
An analysis of child care supply and demand gaps in Montana. Accurate and consistent reporting on the magnitude of the gap between the supply and demand for child care is essential to understanding the severity of the shortage, and to measuring the state’s success in closing this gap.
Impacts of Child Care on the Montana Workforce
November 2020

A survey of Montana Businesses, conducted in the first quarter of 2020, illustrates how Montana’s lack of affordable child care negatively impacted businesses in 2019

Apprenticeship Data Report
October 2020
Impact analysis of the Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program.
Apprenticeship Data Report
March 2020
Data on apprentice demographics, program participation, and employment outcomes to provide insight to policy makers and program administrators.
Childcare as a Workforce Issue
November 2019

A presentation to the State Workforce Innovation Board on the cost and availability of childcare in Montana, and its effect on workforce participation

Author: Amy Watson

HELP-Link 2019 Fiscal Year End Report
October 2019

This report provides enrollment and outcome information for the HELP-Link program.

 

Bozeman Area Labor Report
February 2019

This report focuses on Bozeman's economic growth as it relates to the labor market.

Apprenticeship Infographic
October 2018
An infographic showing the impact of the Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program. Excepted from the 2018 Labor Day Report.
Reservation Employment Fact Sheet
July 2017

Created: Thursday, January 12, 2017


Provides an explanation of how Reservation Unemployment Rates are produced.

Montana College Report - Meeting State Workforce Demands
June 2017
A report on the labor market outcomes of Montana colleges.
MT Nursing Report
December 2016
Survey data on nurses' educational attainment, employment, earnings, and demographics to help determine whether the nursing supply is sufficient to meet demand.
WIOA Program Outcomes Report
August 2016

Compares the spending on behalf of each participant in the Adult WIOA program to the workforce outcomes of the participant

Labor Market Outcomes for Missoula College
July 2016

A report on the educational outcomes of Missoula College students, and the expected job demand for the region.

An Estimation of Montana's Restoration Economy
July 2009

A report estimating the economic activity resulting from public spending on restoration activities in Montana.

Impacts of Child Care
August 2021

A presentation to ARPA on the impacts of child care on the Montana workforce.

Author: Amy Watson

Reservation Unemployment Rate Methodology
February 2021
State-Tribal Relations Committee Presentation on Reservation Labor Statistics Methodology
Statewide College Workforce Report Presentation
November 2019
Statewide College Workforce Report  Meeting State Worker Demand - A report on the labor market outcomes for Montana Colleges
Authors: Amy Watson and Barb Wagner
Childcare as a Workforce Issue
November 2019

A presentation to the State Workforce Innovation Board on the cost and availability of childcare in Montana, and its effect on workforce participation

Author: Amy Watson

Career Publications

Careers Build a Community - Cut Outs (Online Only)
March 2021
The Community Helper Cut-outs in this publication are meant to be used with the Careers Build a Community Lesson Plans for use in the Community Day event.
Careers Build a Community - Flash Cards (Online Only)
March 2021
Careers Build a Community Flash Cards is where students can learn more about the occupations. The characters can also be used as popsicle stick puppets.
Jacob and Emily Workbook
March 2021
This publication introduces the concept of career clusters by telling the story of a set of twins who spend the day learning about careers. Designed for 5th and 6th Grade.

Also available: Jacob & Emily Teacher's Guide

Career Peeks: A Career Awareness Activity Book
March 2021
A fun activity book for 1st and 2nd graders. Career Peeks gives kids their first glimpse into the world of careers.

Also available: Career Peeks Alphabet Practice Pages

I Can Be... Series (Online Only)
March 2021
The I Can Be….. series of activities shows pre-school and kindergarten students the connection between the subjects they learn in school to real world careers.

Also available: I Can Be Teacher Instructions

Careers Build a Community - Student Journal (Online Only)
March 2021
Careers Build a Community Student Journal is where students can record if they like or don't like the occupation and answer some questions about the occupation and the community.
Career Heroes: A Career Awareness Workbook
March 2021
This workbook for 3rd and 4th graders introduces students to a variety of careers with fun activities on every page.

Also available: Career Heroes Teacher Guide
Career Heroes Trading Cards

Alphabet Trading Cards (Online Only)
March 2021
Alphabet Trading Cards are designed for preschool and kindergarten students. These cards will get your children talking about different occupations while learning their letters.

Also available: Alphabet Writing Worksheets A-Z

What to Pack (Online Only)
March 2021

This guide helps Middle Schoolers explore their own interests and aptitudes, and see how they relate to different career fields. Budgeting exercises show them how far their money will go in the real world.

Also available: What to Pack Crosswalk

MCIS Jr Workbook
March 2021

Also available:Your guide to the amazing MCIS Junior career planning tool. This workbook walks students through the MCIS Junior website.

Also available: MCIS Junior Worksheets

Montana Career Guide
May 2021
The Montana Career Guide walks users through the entire career planning process from exploring your interests to interviewing for a job. Includes a section on soft skills and job hunting tips for special populations.
Soft Skills Checklist (Online Only)
March 2021
Take inventory of your "Soft Skills," the non-technical skills all workers must have to remain employable. Excerpted from the Montana Career Guide.
Mock Job Interview Activity (Online Only)
March 2021
Instructions and resources for conducting a fun mock job interview activity. A great resource for teachers and guidance counselors.
Pocket Resume (Online Only)
March 2021
A handy resource to help organize your career information. Take it with you when you collect job applications or go to interviews.
Montana Career Lab - Student Flier (Online Only)
March 2021
Find out how to build your future self using resources from Montana Career Lab!

Montana Career Guide
May 2021
The Montana Career Guide walks users through the entire career planning process from exploring your interests to interviewing for a job. Includes a section on soft skills and job hunting tips for special populations.
Tips for Workers with Disabilities
April 2021

Job-hunting advice for job-seekers with disabilities. Excerpted from the Montana Career Guide.

Job-Hunting Tips for Seniors
April 2021
Job-Hunting Tips for Montana Seniors. Excerpted from the Montana Career Guide.
Job Interview Tips
April 2021
A printable one-page guide to successful job interviewing.
Pocket Resume (Online Only)
March 2021
A handy resource to help organize your career information. Take it with you when you collect job applications or go to interviews.
PEP Talk Workbook
March 2021
PEP Talk was designed to help people with limited time develop a personal employment plan as quickly as possible.

Also available:  PEP Talk Supplemental Materials
PEP Talk SKILLS Cards

Tips for Workers with Criminal Records
March 2021
Job-hunting advice for job-seekers with criminal records. Excerpted from the Montana Career Guide.