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'For Rent' sign in front of a house.
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Amid job losses that haven’t fully recovered this year because of the pandemic recession, competition in many of Montana’s housing markets is also on the rise. That means many Montanans are struggling to find and keep housing.

A 2020 Montana general election ballot.
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Voters in Montana made their pick for president while holding mixed views about the country's direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate.

Maureen Lonergan, Director of Global Training and Certification for Amazon Web Services, or AWS.
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What are the skills major tech companies are looking for in their workforce? What do businesses get for their investment in employee training? What type of workforce are we imagining for our economy a decade from now?

Learn more now with Can Do.

Individually, our decisions about where to live and what to do for work shape our lives profoundly. The way Montanans answer those questions collectively, quite literally defines the future of our state. Montana has plenty of selling points. Whether you're a fifth generation resident or a new arrival who's lived here six months. But the limits of our rural economy, like lower wages and fewer jobs in specialized fields, are also downsides. This state of ours is a great place to live. But it can be a hard place to make a living. And of course, if you're a politician looking for votes, that's a natural thing to campaign on.

Learn more now on Share State episode six, "Desiring to Improve The Quality of Life."

As real estate prices and rent continue to rise in Bozeman, a new, large scale affordable living project has moved one step closer to becoming a reality.

City commissioners on Aug. 25 voted unanimously in favor of the Arrowleaf Park and Perennial Park development plan in north Bozeman.

Commissioner Terry Cunningham put it this way.

“If a genie were to pop out of a lamp and say, ‘I’ll give you one wish to address Bozeman’s big problems,' and I made that wish, that wish would look a lot like this,” Cunningham said.

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney announces his economic plan for the state during a July 30 press conference in Missoula. Todd Frank and Whitney Williams look on.
Charles Bolte / Montana Public Radio

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney Thursday unveiled an economic plan for the state. Cooney’s plan emphasizes in-state hiring for state contractors; growing rural economies; and empowering women in the workforce.

Many economists say the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has helped prevent broad economic collapse in the U.S. But they say transparency will be key in understanding how well the program actually worked. Yellowstone Public Radio News’s Nicky Ouellet spoke with Rachel Cramer who’s been reporting on the PPP in Montana and new rules to make it easier for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.

Gov. Steve Bullock annonces his Coronavirus Task Force on March 3, 2020 in response to the growing number of cases reported in the United States. Bullock says the task force is a multi-agency group that will coordinate public health response.
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Montana is expanding state grant programs developed from federal COVID-19 relief money aimed at easing the economic impacts of the pandemic.

Montana's April 2020 unemployment by county (accessed May 28)
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Applications for unemployment benefits in Montana have declined — but are still much higher than normal — as the state continued to lift closures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

Montana's April 2020 unemployment by county (accessed May 28)
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The number of Montanans filing new claims for unemployment help continues to decline, according to the latest numbers released Thursday by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. However, unemployment still remains well above normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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