Top Jobs: Employment Projections in Montana

Montana is expected to add more than 7,000 jobs in 2017, with thousands more expected each year for the next decade. What does that look like and where will those jobs be?

By Molly Priddy

Living in Montana, especially the northwest corner, is a dream for many. And while the mountains and rivers make it an easy dream to ponder, the logistics of making that dream a reality typically include finding gainful employment that can support a Montana lifestyle.

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor and Industry released its employment and labor force projections for the state from 2015 through 2025. DLI predicts that with forecasted employment growth and retirements, the unemployment rate could be as little as 2 percent in the next 10 years.

Basing its projection on historic employment data, current census data, and various economic modeling scenarios, this is where the department sees employment going in the next decade.

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