Greg Gianforte

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte talks during a Mansfield Dialogue at the University of Montana on April 12.

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Gov. Greg Gianforte this week announced that Montana surpassed his goal for job creation in 2021, citing a state labor department analysis that found nearly 13,000 jobs with salaries of at least $50,000 were added last year.

Last year, the Republican announced the goal of 10,000 new jobs paying that much as a benchmark he would use to measure the success of his economic policy priorities as the state’s new governor.

In a Wednesday press release, his office said that a state Department of Labor and Industry analysis found the state now had more than 145,000 jobs above that $50,000 salary threshold by the end of 2021.

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