- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage points in March to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since October 2007.

Gov. Steve Bullock says the state’s economy has added nearly 9,000 jobs in the first three months of 2015.

Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says Montana businesses are also increasing wages to recruit workers due to the low unemployment rate.

Montana’s total employment levels increased by 2,725 jobs in March. Those numbers include agricultural and self-employed workers. Payroll employment estimates indicate a loss of 500 jobs in March.

The federal unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in March.

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.2 percent in March, reflecting an increase in energy prices slightly offset by declines in food prices.

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