Montana’s unemployment rate declined from 3.8% in March to 3.7% in April while the unemployment rate for the U.S. was 6.1%. Montana’s unemployment rate for April matches the pre-pandemic rate of 3.7% in February 2020. There are however 9,428 fewer Montanans in the labor force than there were in February 2020. After March’s strong growth in payroll employment Montana saw a small decline of 300 payroll jobs in April.
May is National Mental Health Month. Executive Director of the South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center Rod Ostermiller talks about the misconception of mental health issues.