Montana Governor Celebrates Record Number of Job Creations

Gov. Greg Gianforte was in a celebratory mood Wednesday when details were reported about the number of new jobs being created in Montana.

Gianforte shared the numbers with KGVO News.

“Well, we had some good news today,” Governor Gianforte began. “We set a goal, an ambitious goal of creating at least 10,000 new jobs in the state of Montana in my first year in the office on top of $50,000 a year, so these are good paying jobs. , and we blew it up. We have exceeded this figure by 30%”.

Gianforte dug deeper into the jobs report for more details.

“The private sector created 13,000 jobs paying over $50,000 a year in wages in my first year of 2021,” he said. “This has happened by lowering taxes, cutting red tape, attracting new businesses to the state, and investing in our workforce so Montanans now have better opportunities. I’m delighted with the result, but we’re just getting started.

Gianforte recognized many of the new business-related programs his administration helped launch that have resulted in the creation of new jobs.

“That’s why we’re investing in building labor pipelines for businesses here in Montana,” he said. “It helps Montanans get the skills they need to get into those better paying jobs. The M-Tech program which offers scholarships for trades is just one example. We just announced last week that we have created over 500 new apprenticeship places in the first half of this year. This is going to contribute to better numbers next year as we develop and train Montanans so they can earn a salary that allows them to thrive right here in the state.

Gianforte also celebrated that Montana has become a go-to destination for new business start-ups.

“We now have the seventh strongest economy in the country based on public data,” he said. “Additionally, we were also recently recognized as the best state in the country to start a business. So these numbers are for salaries. They exclude people who are self-employed or who have their own LLC. This means that the numbers are actually understated in this report we are releasing today.

With 550,112 Montanas employed in June, the governor’s office said Montana had recovered 146% of the jobs lost at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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