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Montana's Economy Is Improving

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Officials say Montana is on track to recover all the jobs lost during the recession.

In fact...an aging workforce could create a worker shortage.

The Department of Labor released its Labor Day report today.

It predicts the state's unemployment rate will continue to decline through the rest of the year.

Career Concepts owner Roger Koopman said he's noticed fewer people looking for jobs.

"We have seen a spike in employment and in jobs in general and in good paying jobs," said Koopman. "We are seeing an improvement in that area."

Koopman said there are some industries still looking for employees.

"There is a significant shortage in many areas of qualified partial trade, skilled type of people," said Koopman.

He said the companies having the hardest time filling positions are construction companies.

In fact, he blames the shortage on oil companies in north eastern Montana.

"The Bakken in western North Dakota and into Montana has drained a tremendous number of people from the state of Montana," said Koopman.

The Department of Labor said private-sector growth has been strong, particularly in the health care industry as more workers are needed to care for an aging population.

The Department of Labor says the number of jobs should beat its 2008 peak by the end of the year.

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