Unemployment

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.4% in October.

Gov. Steve Bullock says 851 people joined the workforce last month due to wage growth and increased job opportunities. That’s the largest monthly gain in the labor force since 2015.

The U.S. unemployment rate also moved up 0.1 percentage points to 3.6%.

Updated at 11:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs in May, according to the monthly jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning.

The national unemployment rate nudged lower, to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent — a 16-year low. The 4.4 percent level had been the lowest since since 2007, before the recession hit.