Montana Department of Labor and Industry http://kufm.org en How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown? http://kufm.org/post/how-long-montana-farmers-feel-impacts-shutdown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana employees of the US Department of Agriculture make up the largest piece of the state&rsquo;s federal workforce.</span></p><p>The Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Barb Wagner said latest figures show about 12,600 federal employees work in Montana, not including military personnel&mdash;which she says her office does not track. Of that civilian workforce, about 3,000 work for the USDA.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:01:38 +0000 Dan Boyce 9088 at http://kufm.org How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown? Why Montana's minimum wage statistics are not as good as they look http://kufm.org/post/why-montanas-minimum-wage-statistics-are-not-good-they-look <p></p><p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012tbls.htm#3" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">A national study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (</span>BLS<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) show the percentage of minimum wage workers in Montana shrinking at the fastest rate in the country. That figure may be of particular note today, the </span>75<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act—a law signed by President Franklin Roosevelt which created the minimum wage.</span></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:34:48 +0000 Dan Boyce 4440 at http://kufm.org