09.20.2010 0

Recovery Summer and Stimulus: Montana

Continuing on the Recovery Summer and Stimulus: State by State, we head to Montana.

Quick Montana facts:

  • In January of 2009, the unemployment rate in Montana was 5.6%. As of July 31, 2010, the unemployment rate was 7.3%–a net increase of 1.7%! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to Recovery.gov, Montana has received 2,227 awards. This has resulted in $1,254,531,657 being spent to create/save4,569.15 * jobs (Source: Recovery.gov)
  • As of July 2010, the labor force in Montana has decreased by 6,115 people since January of 2009. While the labor force has decreased, unemployment has increased. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to the Recovery Summer Map, Montana boasts a grand total of zero “Summer of Recovery” projects.
  • The number of people employed in Montana has fallen by 14,638 people since January of 2009! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The Obama administration projected the change in jobs by December 31, 2010 to be +11,000 jobs. To date, Montana has lost 5,400 jobs. (Source: Ways & Means Republicans)

The employment trend in Montana has not been good. Since January of 2009, the unemployment rate has stedily risen and the employment rate has seen a sharp decline. More people now than ever are out of work under the Obama administration. Whatever “recovery” there was in the beginning of 2010 has disappeared and the situation has worsened. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Has the Recovery Act done anything for Montana? No.

Has “Recovery Summer” done anything for Montana? No.

Montana has been flushed with over $1 billion in “stimulus” monies and has nothing to show for it. For a state with such a small population, one would have assumed that the “stimulus” would have done much more. With a steadily increasing unemployment rate, one can see that the “Recovery Act” has done nothing to stop the effects of the recession.

Read more on Recovery Summer and the Stimulus Effects on States.

*: The number of jobs created/saved conflicts with other government sources on Recovery.gov. This number was pulled from the latest figured offered on Recovery.gov

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