State announces new program to help laid off mill workers

The Montana Governor’s Office and state Department of Commerce have released a new online tool to help match former mill worker employees to new jobs.

The new tool, called the Skills Matching Dashboard, takes several skills applied in the lumber industry to match people to other professions, like the rail industry.

The tool was announced as 150 Missoula-based employees of Roseburg Forest Products and 100 employees of Seeley Lake’s Pyramid Mountain Lumber will likely face layoffs next month.

“Our timber industry is a critical part of Montana’s economy, and we understand the challenges our mill workers face with the recent closures,” Gov. Greg Gianforte said in a release. “DLI’s new tool will help Montanans identify their skills and match them to a good-paying job.”

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