US consumers more optimistic in economy, helps MT tourism - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

US consumers more optimistic in economy, helps MT tourism

Posted: Updated:
HELENA -

The Conference Board released a study today that shows US consumer confidence has increased to 91 percent for the month of July. Earlier this month we learned the Montana unemployment rate is continuing to decrease, and that goes for gas prices as well.

Conference Board Economist Lynn Franco said its these factors that helped play a roll in the steady increase in consumer confidence.

"The fact that we've had these increases over the last several months, it's showing us that these consumers are in a better frame of mind and little bit more willing to spend," Franco said.

Voices of Montana Tourism Director Mike Garcia said the tourism industry in Montana is seeing the benefits of consumers being more inclined to spend.

"We're a state of a million people, yet we had 11 million people visit us last year and spend $3.6 million of their money," Garcia said. "We can't generate that internally, so that's new money, that's outside money that's coming in and circulating through our state."

Garcia said tourism alone supplies many jobs around the state.

"We're talking 48,000 jobs are supported in part or in whole by tourism, and that's about one in nine of all Montana workers, or anywhere from six to nine percent of total workforce in Montana," Garcia said.

Garcia said July tends to be the peak for tourism during the summer. So as people have more means to travel and gas prices now more affordable--he's not surprised consumers are spending more on their summer trips.

"It's right in the middle, it allows folks to prepare for their summer vacation at the beginning of summer, and also to recover from their summer vacation at the end of summer," Garcia said.

The Conference Board believes consumers' optimism about the future indicates the recent strengthening of the economy will continue in the second half of the year.


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Largest drug treatment court graduation ever

    Largest drug treatment court graduation ever

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:40:42 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:40:42 GMT
    The largest graduating class of 5 walked out of Drug Treatment Court today with their new lives. Many of them had years of work to reach this point. Even judge Greg Pinski said this is quite the accomplishment. “If you want the easy road out, go to jail, do your time, just sit and do nothing. Because if you come to this program you're held accountable and responsible for the choices that you make,” said Greg Pinski. For the program coordinators, they say having 5 gradua...
    The largest graduating class of 5 walked out of Drug Treatment Court today with their new lives. Many of them had years of work to reach this point. Even judge Greg Pinski said this is quite the accomplishment. “If you want the easy road out, go to jail, do your time, just sit and do nothing. Because if you come to this program you're held accountable and responsible for the choices that you make,” said Greg Pinski. For the program coordinators, they say having 5 gradua...
  • Former Red Lodge Police K-9 Drago dies after routine surgery

    Former Red Lodge Police K-9 Drago dies after routine surgery

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:22 AM EDT2018-04-24 13:22:07 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:43 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:43:27 GMT

    People in Red Lodge and Oregon are remembering former Red Lodge Police K-9 officer Drago, who passed away this week from complications during a routine surgery.

    People in Red Lodge and Oregon are remembering former Red Lodge Police K-9 officer Drago, who passed away this week from complications during a routine surgery.

  • "It started as a rescue, but has since turned into a recovery" Woman went into Missouri River

    "It started as a rescue, but has since turned into a recovery" Woman went into Missouri River

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-04-23 16:20:30 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-04-24 23:05:21 GMT

    Search and Rescue crews are working to locate a person witnesses say walked into the Missouri River. Right now efforts are being focused near the Black Eagle Dam. Very little information has been released right now, but KFBB can confirm the search is still underway. 

    Search and Rescue crews are working to locate a person witnesses say walked into the Missouri River. Right now efforts are being focused near the Black Eagle Dam. Very little information has been released right now, but KFBB can confirm the search is still underway. 

  • Vandal leaves his mark on 25 Helena Walking Mall spots

    Vandal leaves his mark on 25 Helena Walking Mall spots

    Tuesday, December 5 2017 7:16 PM EST2017-12-06 00:16:56 GMT
    Monday, January 8 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-01-09 00:48:57 GMT

    HELENA, Mont.- Vandalism is running rampant throughout the Helena Walking Mall. So far, 25 different spots have been hit, including a piece of history. The yellow, 1800s era trolly car is one of the most notable victims. The graffiti first made its appearance on Friday. The vandal has continued to add to the mess since then. The same black spray painted message, which appears to say "*ASPECT*", is on everything from the trolly to brick walls to murals. "The big thing ...

    HELENA, Mont.- Vandalism is running rampant throughout the Helena Walking Mall. So far, 25 different spots have been hit, including a piece of history. The yellow, 1800s era trolly car is one of the most notable victims. The graffiti first made its appearance on Friday. The vandal has continued to add to the mess since then. The same black spray painted message, which appears to say "*ASPECT*", is on everything from the trolly to brick walls to murals. "The big thing ...

  • Local looks to create a haven for adult survivors of child abuse

    Local looks to create a haven for adult survivors of child abuse

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:21 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:21:56 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:21 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:21:56 GMT
    One woman in Helena has a vision to transform a former church into a haven for adult survivors of child abuse.  Michelle Mariacher has already received support from around the world to start what will be called the Harmony House. A survivor of severe child abuse herself, Mariacher has made it her mission to create a space where people coping with abusive pasts, both mental and physical, can get help and receive support. Her vision is to employ at least three, full-time ther...
    One woman in Helena has a vision to transform a former church into a haven for adult survivors of child abuse.  Michelle Mariacher has already received support from around the world to start what will be called the Harmony House. A survivor of severe child abuse herself, Mariacher has made it her mission to create a space where people coping with abusive pasts, both mental and physical, can get help and receive support. Her vision is to employ at least three, full-time ther...
  • Helena Fire Department in serious need of funding

    Helena Fire Department in serious need of funding

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:13:54 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:13:54 GMT
    Montana's Capital City is facing serious issues with its fire department. For 22 years, the department hasn't increased its staff, even thought the city's population has grown by more than 20 percent. Our Bliss Zechman sat down with city officials and community members about how this impacts Helena. "The situation is dire," said Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins.   Collins says his city's fire department has struggled too long to put out the flames. For more than two d...
    Montana's Capital City is facing serious issues with its fire department. For 22 years, the department hasn't increased its staff, even thought the city's population has grown by more than 20 percent. Our Bliss Zechman sat down with city officials and community members about how this impacts Helena. "The situation is dire," said Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins.   Collins says his city's fire department has struggled too long to put out the flames. For more than two d...
  • Green Party Ballot hearing heats up

    Green Party Ballot hearing heats up

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-04-24 22:19:38 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:10 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:10:08 GMT

      The Montana Democratic Party made its case against the Montana Green Party in Lewis and Clark County’s District Court this afternoon. The Dems argued the Greens failed to collect the required number of signatures on its petition to qualify as an official party on this November’s ballot. Democrats say 180 signatures turned in by The Green Party are invalid. This could keep them off the ticket. The Green Party says they feel like they're being attacked as...

      The Montana Democratic Party made its case against the Montana Green Party in Lewis and Clark County’s District Court this afternoon. The Dems argued the Greens failed to collect the required number of signatures on its petition to qualify as an official party on this November’s ballot. Democrats say 180 signatures turned in by The Green Party are invalid. This could keep them off the ticket. The Green Party says they feel like they're being attacked as...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.