Montana economic outlook seminar

2024 montana bber economic outlook seminar, montana living

BBER presents its 49th annual seminar on the Montana economy

Montana emerged from the pandemic as one of the clear winners among the 50 states in the strength of its economic recovery, but those hectic days of booming growth are behind us today. Lost in the news of inflation, high housing prices and tight labor markets is the growing evidence that Montana’s underlying growth rate has returned to something much closer to its historical average.


 The development was not unexpected. The outsized economic stimulus – three separate spending bills, in fact – that were rolled out in 2020 and 2021 were not repeated. Enhanced and extended unemployment insurance benefits were terminated, generous loans and grants to businesses were not repeated, and even suspended student loan payments were reinstituted. And since Montana was a state whose economy opened to ordinary economic activity after the pandemic lockdowns earlier than most, the surge in business activity from the snap back in people-facing commerce has tapered earlier as well.

Even at a more subdued rate of growth, the breakdown of Montana’s economic performance last year by industry continues to exhibit broad-based strength. The sectors of the economy that experienced the biggest slowdowns in 2023 (Finance and Business Services and Accommodations and Food) had experienced extremely strong growth the previous year. Two sectors (Health Care and Public Administration) had faster growth in 2023 than in 2022. 

Join the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research for its 49th annual Economic Outlook Seminar series to find out which Montana industry sectors experienced slowdowns and which ones experienced growth.

Montana Economic Outlook Seminar Schedule


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Helena Great Northern Hotel

835 Great Northern Blvd.


Great Falls

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Meadow Lark Country Club

300 Country Club Blvd.



Friday, January 26, 2024

Hilton Garden Inn

3720 N. Reserve St.



Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Northern Hotel

19 North Broadway



Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Commons

1794 Baxter Lane


Thursday, February 1, 2024

NorthWestern General Office

11 East Park Street



Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Wachholz College Center

Flathead Valley Community College

795 Grandview Drive



Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Central Montana Head Start



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Hensler Auditorium

MSU Northern

Registration is $95 and includes lunch and two printed publications: the Montana Economic Report and a Powerpoint book with the presentation slides. Groups of 5 or more may attend for $60.


Information on the seminar here

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