Unemployment claims fall again as Montana ends more closures
By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — New unemployment claim numbers in Montana dropped again last week after more coronavirus restrictions were eased and many restaurants, bars and other establishments re-opened.
But uncertainty still looms over the state's economy as summer tourism season approaches.
Montana processed more than 3,400 new unemployment claims for the week ending May 9.
That's down 25% from the previous week but is almost 500% higher than the same period in 2019.
The next wave of commercial re-openings arrives Friday.
Movie theaters, museums and gyms will be able to resume business under restrictions.
The state reported no new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total to date to 462 confirmed cases.