Montana economist predicts 2 year recovery from pandemic

A University of Montana economist says since mid-February and COVID-19 Montana’s economy has declined too quickly to adequately measure, but one analysis shows a two-year recovery.

“The downturn that is all around us right now in the economy as we sit here in the month of May will easily eclipse the largest downturn that we’ve seen in the state economy in the post World War II era,” said Dr. Patrick Barkey, director of the university’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.