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Unemployment Falls in Montana. Again.

According to Montana Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy, Montana’s unemployment has fallen to 5.5%  2% better than the national average—and Montana’s wages grew 3.6% last year.

The only people who could possibly find those numbers bad news are Montana Republicans, who keep claiming that Montana has a poor business climate and excessive government regulation. Those might make compelling claims at local Reagan dinners, but they ignore the simple fact that Montana’s business climate is doing quite well—and we don’t need to engage in a race to the bottom in environmental protection, corporate taxation or sensible regulation to ensure that Montana’s economy—and job outlook—continue to stay bright.

Through tough economic times, the steady, sensible leadership of Governors Schweitzer and Bullock have been a boon to the state, no matter how badly Republicans wish (and believe) otherwise.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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