- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9 percent in June.

The state’s Labor Department says employment levels in the state rose during June but the unemployment rate held steady due to growth in the labor force.

Gov. Steve Bullock says Montana’s economy has added roughly 8,800 jobs in the first half of 2015.

Montana’s total employment levels increased by a few hundred jobs in June totaling more than 12,000 jobs added in the last 12 months and total employment of more than 504,600.

Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy expects the unemployment rate to spur wage growth as businesses compete to recruit workers.

The federal unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.3 percent in June.

The Consumer Price Index grew 0.3 percent, reflecting price increases in gasoline, shelter and food.

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