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New Montana Website Releases Tons of State Economic Data

Those seeking information about the strength of Montana’s economy now have an easy way to get lots of data from the state.

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WESTPORT, CT - SEPTEMBER 18: A man drives his antique car during an auto show of rare and luxury vehicles on September 18, 2011 in Westport, Connecticut. Despite some of the poorest cities in the country, Connecticut has the third highest average median income at $64,644 in America. Nationally the Census data shows that the numbers of the poor have risen to a record 46.2 million -- amounting to nearly 1 in 6 Americans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
WESTPORT, CT - SEPTEMBER 18: A man drives his antique car during an auto show of rare and luxury vehicles on September 18, 2011 in Westport, Connecticut. Despite some of the poorest cities in the country, Connecticut has the third highest average median income at $64,644 in America. Nationally the Census data shows that the numbers of the poor have risen to a record 46.2 million -- amounting to nearly 1 in 6 Americans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
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Job Creation: Thank The Rich

With unemployment numbers going down each month there is still a valid concern among American workers about where the jobs are and who actually creates them.

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POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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What Do The Unemployment Numbers Really Mean?

As of last Friday the reported unemployment rate is 5.8%. What does that really mean? Who’s counted and who’s not?

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MISSION, TX - JULY 24:  Undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
MISSION, TX - JULY 24: Undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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America – The Land of the “FREE?”

Is America truly the “land of the free and the home of the brave?” If the numbers of people who want to come and live in the US is any indication — yes.

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Decrease In Unemployment Claims Shows Economy Continuing To Improve
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Montana’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop, According to Department of Labor and Industry

Montana's unemployment rate dropped once again in October, falling to 4.5 percent.

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Montana’s Unemployment Rate Drops a Tenth of a Percent in September

Montana's unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percent in September down to 4.6 percent.

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SAN MATEO, CA - JUNE 07: Resumes sit in a basket at the Primerica booth during the Job Hunter's Boot Camp at College of San Mateo on June 7, 2011 in San Mateo, California. As the national unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) hosted a Job Hunter's Boot Camp that attracted hundreds of job seekers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN MATEO, CA - JUNE 07: Resumes sit in a basket at the Primerica booth during the Job Hunter's Boot Camp at College of San Mateo on June 7, 2011 in San Mateo, California. As the national unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) hosted a Job Hunter's Boot Camp that attracted hundreds of job seekers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Why Is The American Labor Force Shrinking?

According to the US Debt Clock there were 153 million workers in the work force in 2000, today its 146 million. Where did 7 million workers go?

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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office; Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; Deputy Education Secretary Anthony Wilder Miller and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari are sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee November 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Tracking the Money: How Recovery Act Recipients Account for their Use of Stimulus Dollars. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office; Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; Deputy Education Secretary Anthony Wilder Miller and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari are sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee November 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Tracking the Money: How Recovery Act Recipients Account for their Use of Stimulus Dollars. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Transparency? Are You Kidding Me?

What exactly is transparency? In government and business terms it means you can only see through the parts we want you to see through.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Do You See A Pattern Here?

Robert Reich is fighting a so-called war he perceives that conservatives (I guess that would be Republicans) have on the middle class and poor.

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Montana Unemployment Rate Rises, State Ecomomist Says “It’s a Good Sign”

Montana’s unemployment rate rose last month, jumping from 4.5 to 4.6 percent, and Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Barbara Wagner says this jump in the unemployment rate is actually a good thing.

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