HELENA (AP) – Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly, to 4.1 percent in August.
The Labor Department says that's an increase of 0.1 percentage points from July's figure. Nationally, the unemployment rate fell from 5.3 percent in July to 5.1 percent in August.
Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says with the unemployment rate holding at around 4 percent, workers should see wages increase. Gov. Steve Bullock notes Montana has 10,700 more jobs than it did at this time a year ago.
Payroll employment added 700 jobs over the month, with most in the leisure and hospitality industry. Total employment estimates – which include agricultural and self-employed workers – showed a loss of 568 jobs.
The Consumer Price Index decreased 0.1 percentage point, reflecting the drop in gas prices.