Study: Health care is largest industry in Montana, housing affecting costs

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A radiation technician sanitizes equipment in the emergency room at Community Medical Center on Wednesday. The facility is in the midst of $13.5 million expansion and remodel.

Jim Gillhouse, chief operating officer at Community Medical Center, stands inside a portion of the building under construction on Wednesday. 

David Erickson

Health care is the largest industry in Montana, accounting for a larger share of total state jobs and total wages paid than any other sector, according to a new report.

Hospitals in particular support roughly 12% of the state’s private sector employment and 13% of total private sector wages, per the study from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana.

“Hospitals are a huge economic driver,” said Patrick Barkey, the

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