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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.

August 05, 2014 10:49 amLoading…

Things are looking up in 2014 for Great Falls economy

The Great Falls area should see an economic boost in 2014, the president of the Great Falls Development Authority said.

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Butte's economy 'stable, manageable'

Butte's economy 'stable, manageable'

BUTTE — Compared to the recent rapid growth in Bozeman and Missoula, Butte maintains an even, manageable economy, which local economists say is more desirable for the city’s economic stability.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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CHS capitalizes on current oil margins by upgrading infrastructure

CHS capitalizes on current oil margins by upgrading infrastructure

After years of discount rates on Canadian crude, Billings refineries may see a price change in the tide of oil as the supply bottleneck eases.

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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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Oil, agriculture propel Montana's rural economy; cities lag

Oil, agriculture propel Montana's rural economy; cities lag

Montana is doing better economically than the United States as a whole and Yellowstone and Gallatin counties have the best growth prospects of all 56 Montana counties.

August 07, 2012 10:23 am Photos

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Report gives Montana low marks for manufacturing, good grade for tax climate

Montana got a “D” on a new state-by-state manufacturing report card and garnered an “F” in the “productivity-innovation” and “global reach” categories.

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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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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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Home building to stay soft through next year

Home building to stay soft through next year

Commodity prices are helping the economies of Yellowstone County and Montana, but the recovery in home construction is nowhere in sight.

August 09, 2011 5:00 pm Photos

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Economic forecast

Economic forecast

Montana State University economics professor Wendy Stock, left, and Paul Polzin, professor emeritus of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana, field questions from the audience Tuesday. They were part of an economic panel discussing the recession and the f…

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Economists: No Montana job growth for at least another year

The global recession took its toll on Montana’s economy in 2009, leaving no industry or county unaffected.

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