Patchwork of Paychecks: Montana
There are not enough jobs to go around in Montana. There are 54,000 job seekers, but only about 17,000 total job openings. Of those, only 51 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 14 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are six job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 23 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.
Additionally, women in Montana are more likely to work part-time than are men. While only 17 percent of male workers reported working part-time, 34 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.