A recent study by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research finds that manufacturers across the state are optimistic about 2016, but not quite as enthusiastic than they were about 2015.
A survey commissioned by the Greater Montana Foundation shows that Montanans still depend heavily on television and radio for their news, but that the internet is fast becoming a source for information as well.
The former director of the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Paul Polzin, recently received a national award from the Association for University Business and Economic Research.
Montana’s minimum wage is going up 15 cents an hour to $8.05 beginning in January. An estimated 12,850 Montana workers, or 2.9 percent of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.05 an hour last year. The question everyone is asking now is, is this good or bad for Montanans?
The new American energy boom associated with shale oil and natural gas extraction has led to increased high-paying jobs and stronger rural economies, according to a University of Montana economist who will testify before a congressional committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.