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As member-owned financial cooperatives, credit unions strive to provide their members with the best possible financial services. Of course, credit unions don't operate in a vacuum. The rates that they offer and the services their members demand (and can afford) are tied to the local, state, and national economies.

On this page, you'll find links to websites that provide portals to data, statistics, and analysis that help provide a little economic background and context for credit union operations in Montana and the U.S. The "Featured Resource" is something — a report, website, infographic, blogpost — that we find particularly timely or that we've just discovered and found interesting or useful. 

Montana Statistics (3/31/15)

  • Credit Unions in Montana: 53
  • Total Members: 376,384
  • Avg Assets per Credit Union: $84.4 mil.
  • Asset Growth: 2.6%
  • Loan Growth: 2.8%
  • Membership Growth: -2.6%  
  • Savings Growth: 2.0%  
  • Net Worth/Assets: 11.1%
  • Loans/Shares: 60.1%

The Economic Update

American Energy Revolution • Reshaping montana

As of April, CUNA members can enjoy a great new benefit: The Economic Update. Each month, CUNA's economists will produce a 15-minute monthly video that will break down monthly reports and provide an analysis on consumer business behavior and what it means for credit unions. The monthly Economic Update will keep board members and credit union staff informed of the most current issues impacting credit unions. It will provide (amongst other things) a analysis of data from CUNA's Credit Union Estimates Report along with a discussion of consumer behavior, the labor market, loan growth, and other timely topics. 

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Montana Statistics

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Websites that offer access to credit union-specific data.

CUNA

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Also of Interest

Websites that help form a picture of the Montana economy.

ourfactsyourfuture.org

Statistics and reports on Montana's workforce, gathered and curated by the MT Department of Labor & Industry. They publish Economy at a Glance, a monthly newsletter (most recent issue is April 20145).

ceic.mt.gov

The Census and Economic Information Center in the MT Department of Commerce provides current data, demographic, maps, and analysis on economics and business; income, poverty, and health insurance; energy, and more.

Also of Interest

Portals to national trends, issues, and economic developments.

census.gov

Access to more facts than you can imagine about people, business, and geography.

U.S. Department of Labor

Data on employment, wages and benefits, inflation and consumer spending, business costs, and much more.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve

The FRB Ninth District (which includes Montana) has sections on its website for economic research and regional economy. Both of which offer access to a wealth of research and information, including a regional economic forcast.

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