Montana feels first overall job loss since 1987


HELENA - For the first time in nearly 16 years, Montana is losing jobs.

A leading economist said Friday that a state Department of Labor and Industry report showing a decline of 300 jobs in the past year may be an omen of worsening economic times ahead for Montana.

''Montanans better brace for themselves, because I wouldn't be surprised if there's more bad news coming down the pike,'' said Paul Polzin, director for the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

As gloomy as the latest report is, he noted it does not include the elimination of 467 jobs from closure of the Louisiana-Pa...

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