Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.
Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
As seen on a drive through the Flathead Valley.
It's the large number of signs that caught my attention. They're everywhere. I perceive this as an anecdotal surge in hiring. Most of these signs are service industry jobs and I suspect it is because it is springtime and the Flathead is getting ready for tourist season. However there is a nagging part of me that wants to say this relates to the 11.7% increase in Flathead Valley population.
Perhaps we can measure this another way.
The Daily Interlake is listing 134 help wanted ads.
The Whitefish Pilot is listing 192.
I found 236 at the Helena IR.
And the Bozeman Daily Chronicle is listing 856
According to the State of Montana website Montana currently has a 4.3% unemployment rate and Flathead county has a 5.0% unemployment rate.
No, I still don't know what it means.
Perhaps I'm trying to read too much into some roadside advertising but this looks to me like a piece to a larger puzzle that I do not yet understand.
Something does not add up.
Perhaps it is as Moose suggests; the money could be coming from California.
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