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Barbara Wagner

Gazette opinion: How will Montana replace retiring workers?

Montana has much to celebrate on Labor Day 2014. The state's jobless rate is 4.6 percent, enviably low as many other states struggle to regain their pre-recession employment levels. Billings and Eastern Montana regions are basically at full employment.

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Montana slow to meet demand for high-tech industry jobs

Montana slow to meet demand for high-tech industry jobs

Greg Gianforte is Montana’s high-tech rainmaker whose tiny Bozeman startup morphed into a $1.5 billion software corporation in just 15 years and spawned dozens of offspring when it was sold to one of America’s richest companies.

December 21, 2013 10:30 pm Photos

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Report: Montana's jobs outlook is good, but productivity lower than expected

Report: Montana's jobs outlook is good, but productivity lower than expected

HELENA — Montana is on track to recover the jobs lost during the recession later this year, but low productivity and an aging workforce could threaten future economic growth, state officials said Friday.

September 02, 2013 10:00 am Photos

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As the feds get serious about ditching paper checks, a few hang on

As the feds get serious about ditching paper checks, a few hang on

For nearly three decades, Marie Kautz has been getting her Social Security retirement checks in her mailbox, and that’s the way she likes it.

February 24, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Construction a highlight in city’s consistent economy

Construction a highlight in city’s consistent economy

BILLINGS — As economic curtain-raisers go, the world’s fourth largest crane dangling barn-sized drums over Billings’ Conoco refinery in early 2012 was pretty eye-catching.

December 16, 2012 12:40 am Photos

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All eyes on energy, ag industries as 2012 dawns

All eyes on energy, ag industries as 2012 dawns

The Mayans had it right. If you’re going to predict the future, it’s best to aim far beyond your life expectancy, lest you wind up red-faced in a bunker overstocked with SPAM and ammo.

January 01, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Businesses adjust as Montana's minimum wage increases to $7.65

Businesses adjust as Montana's minimum wage increases to $7.65

Minimum-wage earners are getting a 30-cent raise on Jan. 1, putting a bit more bulk in employee paychecks across Montana.

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Jobless rate drags on Montana economy

Jobless rate drags on Montana economy

Two years after the Great Recession, Montana faces a historically difficult labor market, with high long-term-unemployment rates and workers wanting more hours than they can get, a new report shows.

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Turning to high-tech

Turning to high-tech

BOZEMAN – It’s a 5-degree day, the kind that makes the hot breath of industry hang overhead, but above the state’s second-largest manufacturing economy there is nary a wisp.

December 19, 2010 12:55 am Photos

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Missoula economy stands on many legs

Missoula economy stands on many legs

MISSOULA – This is a story about what is in store for the Missoula economy in 2011. But before local experts talk about the city’s future, they first reflect on the many significant events that defined 2010.

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Billings has managed to avoid harshest blows of recession

Billings has managed to avoid harshest blows of recession

It's Wednesday at the Public Auction Yards in Billings. A multimillion-dollar parade of cattle courses through the stockyard alleys as cowboys seated around a scale make six-figure deals with a tug on an ear or the twitch of a buyer's program.

December 19, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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