Montana is known as "Big Sky
Country." It's a large western state with a population a thousand or two short
of a million residents. Near Crow Agency in the state's center is a monument to
the Last Stand, where General George Custer was famously defeated by the Sioux
The state grew from mineral deposits found in gold, copper and silver. Mining now
includes oil, coal and other rocks, while cattle ranching, wheat farming and lumber
provide significant parts of the economy. Glacier National Park attracts millions
of visitors along with nearby Yellowstone National Park.
Unemployment in the state was 6.8 percent December 2011. Montana experienced .7
percent growth last year and expects a 2 percent slow recovery rate for this year.
The construction and education and health services sectors showed visible growth
through 2011. Commercial activity and retail have been sluggish, counterbalancing
growth in the natural resource and energy sectors.
Job growth can be expected in the petroleum industries in the state's eastern part.
Sections of the service and consumer-based industries, such as hair salons, food
service, tire shops and hotel services, are showing slow improvement. In Bozeman,
the southwest region, computer and technology areas are poised for growth.
Additional information can be found regarding Montana's economy and
key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Montana Economy.