Jefferson County Workforce

    Jefferson County labor force, 5,817
    Southwest Montana labor force (six county region), 38,553
    Unemployment rate for Jefferson County, 2.5 percent in 2008
    Unemployment rate for Southwest Montana, 2.8 percent in 2008

Jefferson County Economics

Historically, Jefferson County's economy was based upon mining, livestock production and timber. Mining still plays a significant role in the economy and agriculture is still a prominent feature on the landscape. A high percentage of Jefferson County's residents are self-employed and the rate is increasing faster than most other counties in Montana. Many residents commute into the surrounding communities for work.