Job Gap Report

The 2013 Job Gap Study calculates living wage levels for five household types in Montana, nine other states and New York City, and then calculates the ratio of job-seekers for every living wage job opening. The 2013 report also calculates a national job gap figure and analyzes trends in the number and share of job openings with median wages below and above $15 an hour, the wage level currently sought by retail and fast-food workers across the country.

  • A living wage in Montana ranges from $13.92 per hour for a single individual to $17.70 per hour per adult for a family of four with both parents working.
  • There are 8 job-seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for single individuals, and 32 job-seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a family of four with two working parents.
  • Nationally 50 million workers are not making enough to cover their basic needs, stalling the economy.

Download the 2013 Montana Job Gap Report.

Katie Sutton