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Montana's Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.6%

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Although Montana's unemployment rate sits at 4.6%, a slight increase from last month, the city of Bozeman seems to have an economy of its own.

Bozeman's 3% unemployment rate is significantly lower than the rest of the state, but employers still struggle to fill job openings.

Greg Donaldson, the owner of Express Employment Professionals, which helps connect businesses with quality workers, says this year has been the hardest for employers.

"We've been in business for 26 years here in Bozeman and this is the most difficult time we've had in finding available workers with the unemployment being so low. The available work force is almost non existent, so its been challenging," said Donaldson.

Donaldson says they have about 30 to 40 jobs they try to find workers for at any given time, and with students making up about half of the city's seasonal employees, there's concern that the start of the school year will chip away from the already small pool of work recruits.

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