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UM expert: Montana's economy slowing in 2014

Montana’s growing economy is slowing this year, largely because of federal cutbacks, softening commodity prices and low wages, a University of Montana economist said Tuesday in Billings.

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Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Expanding Medicaid rolls would likely create thousands of jobs in the Billings area, but would also cost taxpayers millions, a University of Montana health care economist said in Billings Thursday.

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George F. Will: Why immigration reform matters to GOP

WASHINGTON — Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a…

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Big Sky Economic Development: Human capital is greatest asset for most businesses

Big Sky Economic Development: Human capital is greatest asset for most businesses

Economist Larry Swanson projects that Billings is headed toward a 2 percent unemployment rate in the next year.  What does this mean for your business? If you’re like most businesses, you’re beginning to wonder how you will find employees in such a competitive environment. Now more than ever…

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Agriculture poised for a decline, economist says

Agriculture poised for a decline, economist says

Farming’s best days may soon be behind it, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s top economist said Monday.

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Community livability will be key to future job growth, economist says

Community livability will be key to future job growth, economist says

A declining birth rate will dampen future population growth to the point that net migration — people moving from place to place — will help determine which communities prosper and which ones stagnate, an economist says.

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Robert J. Samuelson: America's long road to 'full employment'

WASHINGTON— Here’s a somber thought: We may never — or at least not anytime soon — regain “full employment,” meaning an unemployment rate between, say, 4 percent and 5.5 percent. It is now four years from the recovery’s start, and the number of jobs is still 2.2 million below the pre-recess…

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E.J. Dionne: Political history exposes Libertarianism's Achilles' heel

WASHINGTON — In politics, we often skip past the simple questions. This is why inquiries about the fundamentals can sometimes catch everyone short.

June 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Is health care's cost slowdown for real?

”If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

May 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Energy, health care are among industries to be targeted in new study

Energy, health care are among industries to be targeted in new study

The booming oil and gas sector, companies involved in health care and firms interested in locating regional headquarters and back-office operations represent the best opportunities for recruiting new business into Yellowstone County, says a new business-recruiting strategy prepared for Yello…

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Experts: Energy, health care should be focus of business recruitment efforts

Experts: Energy, health care should be focus of business recruitment efforts

The booming oil and gas sector, companies involved in health care and firms interested in locating regional headquarters and back-office operations represent the best opportunities for recruiting new business into Yellowstone County, says a new business-recruiting strategy released Thursday.

April 11, 2013 3:56 pm Photos

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Have you heard: Polar Service Centers keeping Beall workers and Lockwood facility

Minnesota-based Polar Service Centers said it hired almoat all the former Beall employees in Lockwood at the parts-and-service center and honored their current wages and medical and retirement plans.

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Hay prices finish August on high note

Hay prices finish August on high note

With drought driving up demand, hay prices in Montana hit $200 a ton for most varieties, according to federal market reports.

September 01, 2012 10:00 pmLoading…

UW economist challenges incumbent state senator

CASPER, Wyo. — Anne Alexander had been thinking about seeking an elected political office for some time.

April 11, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
New wheat economy creates big winners, losers

New wheat economy creates big winners, losers

POMPEYS PILLAR — The market monitor at the scale house of the United Grain elevator gauges the world’s appetite for wheat in real time. When it fails to rain in Russia, the price rises. When Libya erupts in protest, the price falls.

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