HELENA — Montana's unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point in January to 5.7 percent.

Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says the pullback in federal funding and the expiration of the payroll tax break are expected to slow growth in the next few months, but that jobs should be added over the next year.

December's 5.6 percent was the lowest unemployment rate the state had seen in four years.

Total employment estimates, which includes payroll workers, the self-employed and agricultural workers, decreased by about 800 jobs from December to January.

The national rate also increased in January by 0.1 percentage points to 7.9%.

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