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Montana jobless rate up

The jobless rate for January went up slightly in Montana, reaching 5.7 percent.

Unlike recent trends, the jobless rate along the Hi-Line was higher than the state average.

Both were lower than the national rate, which hit 7.9 percent, up .1 percent, even thouigh more than 200,000 jobs were created.

"Montana's economy has made strong job gains over the last two years, gaining back most of the jobs lost during the recession and adding wages for Montana's workers," said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. "The pull-back in federal funding and the expiration of the payroll tax break are expected to sl...


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