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Montana's Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate Falls To 4.4 Percent

Montana’s unemployment rate has been dropping since April and remains lower than the U.S. overall, according to the most recent state data.

Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped from 4.6 percent in November to 4.4 percent in December.

In comparison, the national rate last month was 6.7 percent.

According to state data, unemployment rates are highest in Glacier, Lincoln and Mineral counties and lowest in Carter, McCone and Daniels.

A press release Tuesday from Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office said job gains were in construction, retail trade and healthcare.

The state’s unemployment rate last month was still higher than the 3.4 percent rate from the same time a year ago. Nearly 24,800 Montanans filed an unemployment claim the week of Jan. 9.

The next Labor Situation Report for the month of January will not be released until March 15.