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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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Patrick Barkey, the director of the University of Montana Burea

Patrick Barkey, the director of the University of Montana Burea

Patrick Barkey, the director of the University of Montana Bureau of Business & Economic Research Seminar, tells Billings business leaders to expect strong growth in Montana this year.

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Economic impacts of shutdown hard to measure; delegation remains divided on solution

Economic impacts of shutdown hard to measure; delegation remains divided on solution

HELENA — As the federal government’s partial shutdown entered its second week, the economic effects in Montana certainly aren’t positive, a top economist said — but it’s hard to measure them precisely.

October 08, 2013 5:40 pm Photos

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Have You Heard: Billings developer to subdivide Shadow Lawn

Billings developer Aaron Sparboe has submitted preliminary site plans to build eight houses where the historic Lee family Shadow Lawn home used to stand at Poly Drive and Virginia Lane.

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Montana still outperforming sluggish national growth

Montana still outperforming sluggish national growth

University of Montana economists doing a midyear economic forecast said the state’s income growth will remain strong this year, but not as strong as 2012.

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Patrick Barkey

Patrick Barkey

Patrick Barkey, director of the University of Montana's Bureau of Business & Economic Research, outlines a midyear economic forecast during a meeting at the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday.

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Economists: Expect another good year for Montana

Economists: Expect another good year for Montana

Unless U.S. politicians or international conflicts derail the game plan, Montana should repeat last year’s relatively good economic performance with another 3.5 percent rise in nonfarm income.

February 05, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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Montana business owners advised to prepare for health care reform law

MISSOULA — With the largest components of the recent health care law kicking in at the start of 2014, businesses have a lot of decisions to make this year about how they will react to new rules and regulations.

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Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

On New Year's Day, The Billings Gazette editorial board looks forward to the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. Continuing a practice started several years ago, we present a community agenda, a short list of issues that we believe deserve attention in 2013. We believe our state …

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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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UM study: Expanding state's coal mines would be boon to economy

UM study: Expanding state's coal mines would be boon to economy

A study commissioned by the Montana Chamber of Commerce and completed by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research found that expanding the state’s coal mines would significantly impact Montana’s economy.

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UM economist sees promising economic signs for Montana

UM economist sees promising economic signs for Montana

There are clear signs of improvement in the Montana economy but conditions in the large, rural state are still subject to unpredictable changes around the globe, a University of Montana economist says.

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Guest opinion: Midyear economic malaise strikes again

Montanans wait all year for summer. And this year it arrived, in the West at least, right on schedule. For the past two years, a much less welcome event has also arrived on or around the first day of summer: a midyear global economic malaise.

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Soft demand for coal ripples through area mines, plants

Soft demand for coal ripples through area mines, plants

Business has been better for Montana coal. Demand for Montana coal is softening for various reasons resulting in mine layoffs.

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Otter Creek coal potential untapped

Oil may have been king at this Montana Energy 2012 conference, but Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana in Missoula, focused on the state's coal future.

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Gazette opinion: Oil boom, slow overall recovery ahead in 2012

The year 2011 didn’t turn out as well as University of Montana economists predicted a year ago.

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Economists: Slow growth ahead for state, local economy

Sluggish consumer spending and higher inflation sapped the economic recovery last year, and economists are predicting only modest growth in Yellowstone County for 2012, despite a bright outlook for energy development and agriculture.

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UM economists say energy development could help grow state economy

GREAT FALLS — University of Montana economists say energy development may be the industry that helps improve Montana's economy.

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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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