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We’re taking a look at housing prices in Montana. Looking first at the market for new homes, they’re getting more expensive.

"The tariff combined with natural disaster just made the cost of lumber rise sharply,” says Ryan Frey, the president of the Missoula Building Industry Association.

The tariff he’s talking about is a 20-percent tariff on Canadian softwood imposed by President Trump last December. 

Counties With The Most Homes Built In WIldfire Hazard Areas, 1990-2016.
Headwaters Economics

A new study says the number of homes constructed in areas with high wildfire risks has doubled in western Montana since 1990, outpacing development rates in areas with low fire hazards.

Governor Bullock and members of the Salish community helped celebrate the opening of Missoula College's new building on Friday, September 22, 2017
University of Montana

A crowd of roughly 200 people crammed into the entryway of Missoula College Friday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the two-year college’s new building.

The family of Salish elder Louis Adams, who passed away last year, gave a blessing and performed an honor song for the opening.

Governor Steve Bullock was among the speakers and guests at the opening. He called it a celebration and an investment in Montana’s future.

File photo. Montana's construction industry needs skilled labor and is going out of its way to get it.
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There's a labor shortage in Montana, just ask Bill Fritz.

"If you aren’t working right now, it’s your own fault. Everybody who says they don’t have a job – if you go out and get some training you can pretty much write your own ticket.”

Montana's construction sector is making gains, but still isn't back to pre-recession levels.
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Montana's construction industry has come a long way in the past few years, but University of Montana economist Patrick Barkey says the industry is still feeling the effects of The Great Recession.

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