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Five takeaways from the Montana’s annual Labor Day economy report

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The Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s annual Labor Day Report touts the strength of the state economy, saying Montana has added tens of thousands of jobs since the Great Recession ended in 2009.

In fact, state economists say, Montana has had enough job openings that worker supply is limiting employment growth, meaning workers benefit as the tight labor market drives wages up.

The 32-page report is loaded with charts and statistics, mainly compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other federal agencies. Here are the key takeaways:

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