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The Contribution of Health Care to Flathead County's Economy

By Bureau of Business and Economic Research

This report explores the contribution of health care to Flathead County's economy. Specifically, we investigate how health care contributes by addressing eight questions:
(1) What is health care?    (2) What is health care in Flathead County?     (3) How does one evaluate the contribution of an industry to a regional economy?    (4) How valuable is health care?    (5) Is Flathead County's health care sector efficient?     (6) If Flathead County's health care sector disappeared, what would happen to Flathead County's economy?    (7) How large is the traded component of Flathead County's health care sector?     (8) What does the future hold for health care in Flathead County?

The Economic Implications of Implementing the EPA Clean Power Plan in Montana

By Bureau of Business and Economic Research

On August 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Final Rule for its Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing CO2 emission rates for electric generating units around the country. The implementation of this plan will require a larger percentage reduction in CO2 emission rates – comparing 2030 targets to the 2012 baseline – than any other state. The large revision in Montana's required CO2 emission reduction has narrowed the choice set for compliance for our state. This report estimates the economic impact of a scenario in which the main emission reducing mechanism is the closure of Colstrip SES. Utilizing the REMI economic model the report details employment, business gross receipts, personal income, tax and non-tax revenue, population and consumption impacts.

A Profile of Montana's High-Tech Industries

By Paul Polzin, Emeritus Director

Strong growth in Montana manufacturing employment occurred despite permanent closures in several manufacturing industries. Employment in the wood and paper products industry decreased by 550 workers between 2009Q2 and 2013Q3. Employment in all the other components of Montana manufacturing increased by about 1,600 workers, or 11.3 percent. In summary, since the start of the recovery Montana manufacturing employment has increased considerably faster than the national rate. This strong performance was in spite of permanent closures in the wood and paper products industries.

Results from the 2014-2015 Montana Manufacturing Survey

By Colin B. Sorenson, Steven W. Hayes, Todd A. Morgan,

Each year the Bureau conducts a survey of Montana's largest manufacturing facilities (as measured by the number of people employed), as well as smaller firms representative of their sectors. Of the firms contacted, 76 percent responded to the survey. Manufacturers are asked about how the previous year went and what they expect for the coming year. Additional questions are asked about major concerns and trends.

A Profile of Montana's High-Tech Industries

By the Bureau of Business and Economic Research

This report on the high-tech industry in the state of Montana is the first of its kind. The Montana High Tech Business Alliance (HTBA), a newly formed, member-driven group of high-tech businesses and other organizations statewide, asked the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) to collect information and insights from its members so that a better assessment of its economic footprint and its prospects for continued growth could be made. This report presents the findings of that research.

Results from the 2013-2014 Montana Manufacturing Survey

By Steven W. Hayes, Charles E. Keegan III, Todd A. Morgan, Colin B. Sorenson

The 2014 manufacturing outlook for Montana is quite positive, with expectations of higher sales, increased production levels, and greater profits among most of the state's manufacturing sectors. Many manufacturers are also predicting increased employment in 2014.

Results from the 2012-2013 Montana Manufacturing Survey

By Steven W. Hayes, Charles E. Keegan III, Todd A. Morgan, Colin B. Sorenson

Although the Great Recession officially ended in 2009, manufacturing in Montana continued declining through 2010, falling to under 20,000 workers after the pre-recession level of nearly 24,000. However, both 2011 and 2012 revealed growth for Montana manufacturers, with annual sales increasing to more than $13 billion and employment topping 21,000 workers for the first time since the recession’s end. This article includes the results from the annual survey of Montana’s largest manufacturers, which queries manufacturers on a variety of business issues pertaining to both the year just completed and the outlook for the coming year.

The State of Montana Manufacturing

By Paul E. Polzin

The U.S. economy is now in the fourth year of an exceedingly slow recovery that began from a cyclic trough in the second quarter of 2009. The recovery is under way in manufacturing. The comeback of durable goods production accounted for most of the growth. This report was prepared by Montana State University Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research and examines trends in Montana manufacturing.


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