HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Labor Department says the average unemployment insurance rate for employers is going down because more residents are returning to work.

During the recession, Montana employers their contribution rates increase. Next year, the contribution rates will average 2.12 percent, down from 2.32 percent in 2011 and 2012.

Some employers will not see a rate decrease because individual rates are based on an employer's overall employment history.

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