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Montana’s unemployment rate remains steady

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.4 percent in December, with 1,200 jobs added over the month. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent. Lake County’s unemployment rate is at 4.3 percent. “I am optimistic as we begin a new decade with a strong economy and growing wages that benefit workers, businesses and communities,” Governor Bullock said. “More Montanans are working than ever before, and we’re continuing efforts to build a skilled and talented workforce with opportunities to pursue meaningful careers.” Total employment, which includes agricultural, payrol...


Montana individual income tax filing season starts Jan. 27

News from the Montana Department of Revenue MONTANA – The Montana Department of Revenue will open the state individual income tax filing season on Monday, Jan. 27. Once again, the department encourages Montanans to file electronically. “E-filing is the easiest and most secure way to file ...


Funding for revitalization of tribal languages announced

News from the Montana Department of Commerce  MONTANA – The Montana Department of Commerce awarded a total of $712,500 through the Montana Indian Language Program to the eight tribal governments in Montana to support language revitalization efforts. The Montana Indian Language Program work...


New Polson City Commissioners take their seats

POLSON – With the New Year comes new faces on the commission.  Carolyn Pardini was elected to represent ward three, which is the southern and southeastern parts of the city. She was elected over her opponent, Zoerene Gembala, in the November race. Pardini takes the seat vacated by Ian Donovan, ...


Two council members take oath, officer congratulated Two council members take oath, officer congratulated

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius town council board was rearranged on Jan. 7 with newly elected members during the regular meeting. Daren Incashola was seated after being sworn in. This is the second time he has served on the council. He was on the board back in 2018 for one term. “I like to se...


Tester joins effort to prevent war with Iran

News from the Office of the Senator  MONTANA – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced he is joining an effort to prevent the Trump Administration from going to war with Iran without explicit approval from Congress. “The American people - and the service members who will be sent halfway ac...


Federal law raises minimum age of sale for tobacco products Federal law raises minimum age of sale for tobacco products

News from DPHHS MONTANA – State health officials said that tobacco product retailers in Montana should comply with a new federal law and discontinue tobacco product sales to those under the age of 21. Federal compliance checks will continue to occur under the new minimum age requirement. On Dec...


Governor continues fight against dark money

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Bullock responded to the decision by Judge Lovell that dismissed a case brought by an out-of-state dark money group challenging his executive order on dark money. “Today’s decision is another chapter in Montana’s pr...


Workplace deaths decreased in Montana

Department of Labor & Industry MONTANA – Work-related fatalities decreased in Montana over the last year, from 32 in 2017 to 28 in 2018, according to the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, released by the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. “Today’s report shows...


Unemployment rate remains steady

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.4 percent in November, as both total employment and the labor force grew. The U.S. unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points, to 3.5 percent. “As this decade comes to an end, Montan...


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