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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)

Krempasky, G. T.; Lawson, Don C.
Montana,   pp. 315-327 ff. PDF (1.3 MB)

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Employment (nonagricultural): 
 Mining' do___ 
 Manulhcturing do~_ 
 Contractconstruction do__ 
 Transportationandpublic utilities do_._ 
 Wholesale and retail trade do.~_ 
 Finance, insurance, real estate do_. - — 
 Government do___ 
 345.0 367.0 370.0 +0.8 
 22.0 22.0 19.0 -13.6 
6.1 7.0 7.6 +8.6 
25.1 26.3 26.9 +2.3 
15.7 16.7 15.3 -8.4 
20.3 21.7 23.2 +6.9 
67.0 72.2 74.5 +3.2 
11.2 12.2 12.7 +4.1 
49.4 52.6 54.7 +4.0 
70.0 71.7 70.1 -2.2 
 264.8 280.4 2~9 
 $4,585 $5,425 $5,826 
 $5,988 $6,915 $7,412 
5,627 ~4,817 3,028 -37.1 
$70.5 $95.8 $80.4 -16.1 
$85.0 NA $105.0 — — 
 354 366 339 -7.4 
Table 3.—Indicators of Montana business activity 
   1978-79 1978 1979" percent   change 
Employment and labor force, annual average: 
 Total civilian laborforce thousands - 
 Unemployment do____ 
 Total nonagricultural employment' do__~.. 
Personal income: 
  Total milhions_ 
  Per capita_______________________________________ 
Construction activity: 
 Number of private and public residential units authorized________ 
 Valueof nonresidential construction millions_ - 
 Valueof State road contract awards do_ - - - 
 Shipments of portland and masonry cement to and within the State 
thousand short tons... -. 
Nonfuel mineral production value: 
 Totalcrude mineral value millions_ $213.3 $205.8 $291.3 +41.5 
 Valuepercapita, resident population $278 $262 $371 +41.6 
 Valuepersquare mile $1,449 $1,399 $1,980 +41.5 
 "Preliminary. NA Not available. 
 1lncludes bituminous coal and oil and gas extraction. 
 2Data do not add to total shown because of independent rounding. 
 3Series revised in 1978; data not comparable with those of prior years.
 Sources: US. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of lAbor, Highway and
Heavy Construction Magazine, ~nd U.S. Bureau of Mines. 
Resources where it would be scrutinized under the provisions of the Montana
Major Facility Siting Act. If certification is granted by the State agency,
the proposed action of the State agency would then be subject to voter approval
by a Statewide referendum. 
 Montana's 1979 legislature enacted laws that may affect the nonfuel mineral
industry; they address taxation, mine reclamation, safety, air quality, water
appropriations, and utility siting. 
 As required by law, State agencies responsible for promulgating and administering
regulations related to mineral resource recovery, extraction, siting, and
processing, conducted hearings throughout the State. The hearings covered
air quality, water quality, discharge permits, an environmental impact statement
(EIS) on the Troy project, an EIS on a proposed copper-silver mine, a construction
permit for Coistrip Units 3 and 4 (700 megawatt coal-fired 
generating plants), discharge related to solution mining of uranium, water
appropriation, and lease applications for minerals on State lands. 
 During the 1978-79 period, the Secretary of the Interior designated 31 schools
and universities throughout the country, including the Montana College of
Mineral Science and Technology at Butte, as State Mining and Mineral Resources
and Research Institutes, enabling them to share $5.4 million under Title
III of Public Law 
95-87. This law provides for annual allotments to one designated institute
in each participating State through fiscal year 1984 and for research and
scholarship grants to those institutes. Under the law, the institutes are
to establish training programs in mining and minerals extraction and provide
scholarships and fellowships. Each institute initially received a basic grant
of $270,000 for scholarships and fellowships. 

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