The Montana Department of Commerce has launched a new grant program to help businesses expand more jobs in the state.
The Workforce Recovery Grant Program is designed to help refill jobs that were lost due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will reimburse a business for the wages of full-time, permanent jobs that are created and retained for at least six months.
Montana's unemployment rate was last reported at 5.6 percent - two points higher than before the pandemic began.
"Our businesses are so important to our communities across the state for the services they provide, and one important thing they provide is job opportunities within their communities. So as businesses move towards being able to rehire and rebuild their workforce. This program is a grant incentive to help them do so."
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until December 31st or all funds have been committed.