Health and Economic Analysis on the Covid-19 Pandemic


View Our May 15th Economic Update Presentation

View our recent economic outlook update, presented in partnership with the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. Link in headline.

View Most Recent Employment Data by State

View our most recently updated information from April, on employment by state. Link in headline.

NBC Montana Article on Our Updated Covid-19 Economic Impact

NBC Montana reported on our updated projections for the Montana economy, changing quickly due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation. Link to story in headline.

Missoulian Article - Bleaker Economic Outlook for Montana

The Missoulian reported on our updated projections for the Montana economy, changing quickly due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation. Link to story in headline.

Listen to the Covid-19 Economic Impact Discussion with Patrick Barkey and the MT Chamber of Commerce

View a recording of the Montana Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series webinar with Todd O''Hair, President and CEO of the Chamber, and Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Patrick Barkey, discuss the economic impact of Covid-19. https://www.montanachamber.com/events/speaker-series/

Friday May 15th, 10am Webinar with the MT Chamber of Commerce on our Economic Recovery

Join the discussion on the forecast for economic recovery from Covid-19. BBER Director, Patrick Barkey, joins Montana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Todd O''Hair. Friday May 15, at 10:00am. Link to webinar in headline above.

Recent Unemployment Rates from the Labor Department

Last week the Labor Department announced an unemployment rate of 14.7%, however when considering a broader measure of unemployment by including discouraged workers, the unemployment rate rises to 22.5%.

COVID-19 Related Unemployment Estimates from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

In March, the MT unemployment rate was 3.5% - before the COVID-19 related claims were filed. Using this back-of-the-envelope estimate from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, we anticipate a rate of about 21% (link in headline). We will see the true numbers when official unemployment data is released Friday, May 8,2020.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Real Time Covid-19 Economic Information

Find real time COVID-19 economic information on the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis website, where they are monitoring a variety of daily and weekly data sources to more accurately assess economic developments. Check back often for up-to-date information, (link in headline above).

BBER Study Cited in Letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

We are honored our study, The Economic Contribution of the Island Mountain Development Group, was cited by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development in their letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, regarding allocation of COVID-19 response funds to American Indian Nations.

Watch PBS: Patrick Barkey, Director of the BBER, Join the Discussion on COVID-19

During this special program, Answering Questions About Coronavirus, host John Twiggs hosts a conversation with Dr. Greg Holzman, State Medical Officer; Major General Matthew Quinn, Head of Governor?s Coronavirus Task Force; and Patrick Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business & Economic Research, as well as an interview with Governor Steve Bullock.

The Economic Impacts of Covid-19 for Montana - Preliminary Analysis

Read our preliminary analysis on the economic impacts Montana faces due to COVID-19. Thank you to NorthWestern Energy for their generous support of this research.

Robert Sonora joins PBS COVID-19 Panel Discussion

Watch Robert Sonora, Director of Health Research at BBER, and a panel of experts as they discuss COVID-19 on PBS Montana''s Answering Questions About Coronavirus.

Watch Answering Questions About Coronavirus on PBS

Our Director of Health Care Research, Robert Sonora joins Dr. Greg Holzman, State Medical Officer and Dr. Mark Williams, Chief Physician Officer at Bozeman Health for a discussion on COVID-19. Watch here: https://www.montanapbs.org/programs/covid19/

Grim Economic Forecast Shows Glimmer of Hope

Article by Robert Sonora, Director of Health Research, suggesting that short term costs could result in long term gains as we maneuver through the COVID-19 crisis.

Watch PBS Montana 4/16 at 7pm, as BBER joins COVID-19 Panel Discussion

Patrick Barkey, Director of the BBER, joins another panel discussion on COVID-19, 7pm, Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Montana Minute for New Analysis and Insights Every Weekday

Our Montana Minute podcast, new every weekday, offers quick and timely insights on Montana''s economy. Listen to this recent analysis on why the COVID-19 response has disappointed.

Tune in on 4/9 for a Discussion on the Economic Impact of COVID-19

Join us on Thursday, April 9th, 2-3pm, for a discussion with BBER?s Tino Sonora, Kate Fuller, MSU, and Norma Nickerson, UM, ITTR. They will discuss the economic impact of Coronavirus on Montana?s agriculture, travel and recreation, and healthcare.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Job Losses Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a preliminary report of sector job losses. Of 701,000 jobs lost nationally, 65% of were in leisure and hospitality. Sectors showing job gains were in financial activities and the federal government.

Recent Unemployment Pushes MT to 10%

The recent uptick in new unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19 has pushed the MT unemployment to about 10% up from 3.5% in February.

Patrick Barkey, BBER Director, Comments on the COVID-19 Economic Impact

Speaking at the MSU Extension webinar on Thursday, April 2, Patrick Barkey discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on our local economy.

Unemployment Data for Montana on the Rise

Data released today shows that new claims for unemployment insurance rose a staggering 6.65 million in the past week. In Montana, new claims rose by 19,500 (up from 15,000 last week ). Total employment in MT is roughly 489,000. Unemployment data, which comes out tomorrow (4/3), will vastly underestimate the unemployment rate as most of the survey was done before the recent increase in new insurance claims. In MT, the unemployment rate is actually between 8-10%, roughly two to three times the rate that will be reported tomorrow.

Montana is One Day Away from running out of COVID-19 tests

So far Montana is one of the states least affected by CVOID-19, however with cases rising, as more tests are available, Governor Bullock is asking President Donald Trump for more test kits.

BBER Joins KGVO Radio to Discuss Covid-19

Listen to Robert Sonora, BBER Associate Director of Health Research, discuss his study on the impact of COVID-19 to our local economy.

BBER joins PBS for COVID-19 Panel Discussion

Listen to BBER Director, Patrick Barkey, as part of a panel on PBS answering questions about COVID-19.

Missoula Exposed to Economic Slowdown

Interesting Missoulian article on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Montana.

COVID-19 Initial Economic Projections

Data on the economic impact of COVID-19 is slow in coming, however using weekly financial data, BBER estimates a 96% chance of recession in 13 weeks.