MT: State no longer has highest workers’ comp rate, study finds

By   /  October 11, 2012  /  Business, Montana, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Phil Drake | Montana Watchdog
HELENA — Nearly 18 months after Montana cut its workers’ compensation rate, the Treasure State no longer has the most expensive rate in the nation.
Instead, it has the eighth highest premium rate after sweeping reforms reduced the rate by 20 percent, according to the “2012 Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking [...]

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Unemployment rate drops in December, now at 6.8 percent

By   /  January 24, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, WatchBlog  /  1 Comment

Montana’s unemployment rate dropped another 0.3 percent to 6.8 percent in December, state Department of Labor and Industry (DOL) officials said Tuesday, adding it was the fourth month of deceases.
The rate for the United States decreased by 0.2 percent in December and is now 8.5 percent.
The unemployment rate drop is due to an increase of [...]

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Unemployment in state dips 0.5% in November, drops nationwide too

By   /  December 20, 2011  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.5 percent to 7.1 percent in November, marking the third straight month of unemployment rate decreases, state officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percent to 8.6 percent.
The decrease is primarily due to an increase of about 1,730 jobs over the last month.  The number of unemployed [...]

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Montana’s new minimum hourly wage increases to $7.65 in January 2012

By   /  October 3, 2011  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

Starting Jan. 1, the minium hourly wage in Montana will increase by 30 cents to $7.65, a state official said Monday.
“As the cost of living continues to increase, the law passed by Montanans in 2006, helps those making minimum wage keep their head above water,” Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly said in a news release.
Initiative 151, enacted by [...]

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Unemployment rate hits 7.8 percent

By   /  September 16, 2011  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

Montana’s unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percent up to 7.8 percent in August, Department of Labor officials said Friday.
   The U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent.
Total employment estimates that include payroll, self-employed and agricultural workers indicate a very small job loss of approximately 380 jobs.  Payroll employment estimates indicate a job loss of [...]

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