Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:17 PM by MTN News
HELENA - As we head into the three-day weekend, there's good news to report on Montana's labor front.
Montana added more than 10,000 jobs in 2012 a growth rate of 2.3%.
That's faster than expected, according to the 2013 Labor Day Report released Friday by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy presented the annual report to Governor Steve Bullock.
She noted that Montana's unemployment rate continues to rebound faster than the national average.
One big concern noted in the report, a quarter of Montana's workforce is 65 and over and will level off in the future.
"Montana's workers are our greatest natural resource, but to maintain our excellence we must always look ahead to emerging industries and emerging opportunities. We must ensure that our workers are competitive and prepared for ever-changing global economies. This year's Labor Day report will show you that Montana's poised for the future," said Bucy.
Some areas that the governor pointed out that need improvement in Montana. We're in the bottom five states for pay equity.
In Montana women who work full-time make 73% of what men make.
And the native population has a 24% unemployment rate, with the Crow Reservation at the highest with 25% unemployment.