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Economy at a Glance Articles

Where are the Workers?
July 2021
Explores the reasons people stay out of the labor force, and how the pandemic has affected worker supply.
More Money, More... Inflation?
June 2021
A Review of Inflation and its Causes.
Who are Montana's Long-Term Unemployed?
May 2021
A discussion of economic research on the long-term unemployed and how it applies across Montana.
2020 Hindsight
April 2021
A Summary of Montana’s Economic Changes in 2020
A Tale of Two Recessions
March 2021
An analysis of the impact of the past two recessions on high and low-wage jobs.
Telework and Non-Telework Occupations
March 2021

Examines the different impacts of the pandemic for teleworkers and non-teleworkers.

December 2020

Out of the Office
March 2021

How a lack of child care has impacted Montana businesses

November 2020

Apprenticeship in Montana and the Growing Demand for Apprenticeable Jobs
March 2021

How Montana’s Registered Apprentice Program continues to evolve with the needs of the economy.

October 2020

The COVID-19 Recession: Frequently Asked Questions
March 2021

This recession is unique compared with prior downturns, and it has led to several questions. This article answers the most common of these questions.

June 2020

Responding to a Pandemic
March 2021

This article shows the economic impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis and explains the macroeconomic concepts behind these events.

May 2020

Montana's Unemployment Claims
March 2021

Exploring Montana's UI claims to illustrate the early impacts of COVID-19 on the state economy.

April 2020

Entrepreneurship, Business Survival Rates, and Job Creation in Montana
March 2021

How long do new businesses last in Montana?

March 2020

Montana's Reservation Economies
March 2021

An overview of the economic conditions on Montana's seven reservations.

February 2020

What is Montana's Top Industry?
December 2019

How each industry in Montana contributes to the statewide economy.

December 2019

Home Under the Big Sky
October 2019

A look at the current state of Montana's Housing Market.

October 2019

Destination Montana
September 2019

Highlighting worker migration's role in Montana’s economy.


September 2019

Jobs of Tomorrow: Montana Job Projections 2018-2028
August 2019

A summary of the 2018-2028 Montana Employment Projections.

August 2019

Anticipating the Next Recession
July 2019

A discussion of the economic indicators economists use to predict recessions.

July 2019

No Workers, No Problem
June 2019

Explores the importance of productivity in helping Montana maintain economic growth while workers are hard to find.

June 2019

Where are the Workers?
May 2019

As businesses struggle to find workers, it is essential to understand why some people choose not to participate in the labor force.

May 2019

Understanding the Childcare Workforce
April 2019

This article explores the employment and wages of childcare workers, who are a critical component in addressing the state’s workforce shortage.

April 2019

Job-to-Job Hires and Separations
March 2019

This article dives under the calm surface of net employment growth to highlight the frequency of underlying job changes.

March 2019

Understanding the Work Lives of the Not-so-Rich and Famous
February 2019

An examination of the work and spending patterns of different income groups in Montana.

February 2019

The Economic Impact of Medicaid in Montana
December 2018

A study examining the number of workers enrolled in Montana Medicaid and the characteristics of the businesses who employ them.

December 2018

Who Are Montana's Tech-Related Workers?
November 2018

A look at the role tech-related workers play in Montana's economy.

November 2019

The Changing Face of Apprenticeship in Montana
November 2018

Apprenticeship is expanding in Montana, with higher participation and a greater diversity of apprentices.

November 2018

Where Does Wage Growth Come From?
October 2018

An examination of the factors that cause wages to grow in Montana.

October 2018

Childcare in Montana
September 2018

This article explores the availability and affordability of childcare in Montana, and how it affects the state’s workforce.

September 2018

Montana 2018 Labor Day Report in Brief
August 2018

A summary of this year's Labor Day Report, a report to the governor on the current state of Montana's economy.

August 2018

A Rising Tide: Who Experienced Wage Growth in Montana?
June 2018

Does Montana's recent wage growth extend to workers in all income brackets?

June 2018

Is it Time for a Raise?
May 2018

Understanding Montana's Wage Growth since the Great Recession

June 2018

It's Never Too Early to Learn About Careers
April 2018

Career education should begin well before middle school. Montana Career Lab has the resources to help.

April 2018

Montana's Outdoor Economy
March 2018

While economists are still perfecting how to measure the benefits of outdoor recreation in Montana, it is already obvious that it provides large benefits to the state.

March 2018

Montana's Entrepreneurs
February 2018
Because local entrepreneurs are so significant to our economy, it is important to have a better understanding of business start-ups in Montana.
Economic Growth in Rural Montana
December 2017

Education, innovation, and distribution of knowledge can be an effective economic development tool for rural areas.

Montana Employment Growth Outpaces the Nation
November 2017

 

Which of Montana's industries are outperforming the nation in employment growth?

Does Your College Major Matter in the Workforce?
October 2017

Our study of workforce outcomes finds that a student's major is only one determinate of career success.

Online Job Postings as Economic Data
September 2017

Online job postings can tell us whether employers are hiring, what occupations are in demand, and what skills are needed to fill jobs

Montana College Graduates
June 2017

A summary of the State College Report 2017

Happy on Mondays
May 2017

The importance of Montana's 55-and-over labor force.

What is Inflation and Why do we Care?
April 2017

What is Inflation and Why do we Care?  The answer is not as simple as you think.

Is Small Business Big in Montana?
March 2017

 

How large a role do small businesses play in Montana’s economy?

The Economic Contribution of Montana's Nonprofits
December 2016

Montana nonprofits provided more than 51,000 jobs and paid over $2.1 billion in wages in 2015

The Nursing Workforce in Montana
November 2016

 

Nurses play a part in nearly all facets of healthcare delivery, and understanding the characteristics of these workers is essential to predicting future workforce needs.

STEM Jobs in Montana
October 2016

This article reports on the current level of STEM employment in Montana and helps students and job seekers to determine whether STEM is right for them.

Understanding the Unemployment Rate
June 2016

In contrast to more abstract concepts like gross domestic product, personal income, or inflation, the unemployment rate seems very straightforward. But is it really?

The Demographics of Unemployment Insurance Claimants
May 2016

This article explores the demographics of Montana’s UI claimants to gain insights about labor market, industry, and seasonal employment trends

Equal Pay Day
April 2016

This article examines the evidence for the gender wage gap in Montana

The Economics of Rural Health Care
March 2016

This article examines the unique characteristics of health care supply and demand and how they affect Montana’s rural communities