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Summer jobs help college students pay the bills

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Great Falls native Madi Smith is entering sophomore year at University of Mary in North Dakota soon. Great Falls native Madi Smith is entering sophomore year at University of Mary in North Dakota soon.
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The federal June Jobs Reports was released on Friday, and U.S. employers added 222,000 jobs, with the unemployed rate at 4.4%.

Economists say many of these jobs are seasonal opportunities being picked up by high school and college students.

Great Falls native Madi Smith is entering sophomore year at University of Mary in North Dakota soon.

She is currently the head lifeguard at Electric City Water Park.

Smith explained: "I pay all of my tuition, so this job pays for my tuition, and then next year. It’s what I live off of for the school year because I don’t have a job, so working in the summer is really important for my personal finances.”

In addition to working full time at the water park, Smith also works at two coffee shops.

Smith estimates she will earn roughly $6,000 dollars this Summer from all three jobs. 

The Montana Department of Labor reports that Cascade County’s unemployment rate is better than the national average, coming in at 3.2 %.

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