Montana unemployment rate stable at 5.2%

LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY

POSTED: 12:20 PM Dec 20 2013
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Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent in November.

The state Labor Department says that's down half a percentage point from November 2012 and is below the federal rate of 7 percent.

Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says retailers hired more workers this holiday season than in past years, which suggests they were expecting stronger holiday sales.