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Economists Predict Continued Growth For Montana

Jan 26, 2016

Montana has seen almost seven straight years of economic growth now, and more is forecasted for the future.

BBER: Montana Economy Back To Full Employment

Jan 26, 2016
Recruiters At UM Say They're Looking For Talent And Ready To Hire
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The latest unemployment numbers say the state jobless rate fell by a tenth of a percentage point in December to an even four percent. The national unemployment rate is five percent.

The Department of Labor and Industry says Montana added 10,200 jobs in 2015.

Anton Gabrielson, a student at Missoula College hopes to trade in his hiking boots for a stint as a long-haul truck driver.

"Coming from a background as a wilderness ranger I’m attracted to the nomadic aspect of being a long-haul truck driver. I think I’m well-suited for that lifestyle, at least for a few years.”

Monday, Lake County Community Housing and Ronan Housing Authority has received a $450,000 Montana Department of Commerce grant, the last piece of funding it needs to build a 40-unit apartment complex.
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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.

Gov Bullock Addresses Native American Business Leaders In Billings

Aug 5, 2015

Montana’s reservation communities still are not enjoying the same economic benefits as the rest of the state.

Governor Steve Bullock told Native American business leaders meeting in Billings the state is doing what it can to address chronic unemployment and boost entrepreneurship.

Gallatin County Leads The State In Wage Growth

Jan 23, 2015
The Associated Press is reporting that more than $800,000 has been spent on Montana's special U.S. House election in just two weeks.
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A new report says the hot spot for wage growth in Montana is Gallatin county.

According to Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana, "40% of all state growth was in Gallatin County last year, pretty amazing what’s going on there."

Barkey says the Bozeman area is economically diverse.

Edward O'Brien

Authors of a new study say it clearly illustrates what so many Montanans already know; that there are precious few well-paying jobs in the state.

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