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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Research & Planning
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PO Box 2760
Casper, WY 82602
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"Labor Market Information (LMI) is an applied science; it is the systematic collection and analysis of data which describes and predicts the relationship between labor demand and supply." The States' Labor Market Information Review, ICESA, 1995, p. 7.

2021 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

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Welcome to the newly redesigned Wyoming Labor Market Information website of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Research & Planning section.

Research & Planning (R&P) is an exclusively statistical entity within the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services that collects, analyzes, and publishes timely and accurate labor market information (LMI) meeting established statistical standards.

The goal of our website redesign is to provide Wyoming Labor Market Information in a format that is faster, more user-friendly on all devices and accessible to all. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about the redesign and any ideas about ways to improve our website. You can contact us via e-mail to DWS-RESEARCHPLANNING@wyo.gov, by calling us at (307) 473-3807, or via mail to Research & Planning, PO Box 2760, Casper WY 82602.


Another Decade Later

Tracking Wyoming's High School Seniors into Post-secondary Education and the Labor Market

A new publication from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services demonstrates R&P's ability to track Wyoming high school seniors into post-secondary education and the labor market.

The senior cohort for the academic year 2006/07 was used as an example throughout the publication. Key findings showed that 10 years after their senior year:

  • 78.7% had attended either college or a university
  • 39.8% earned a post-secondary award (certificate or degree)
  • 49.2% were found working in Wyoming
Published September 29, 2021.

Wyoming Labor Force Trends

September 2021

  • New Research Tracks High School Seniors into Post-secondary Education and the Labor Market
  • Millennials Continue to Leave Wyoming and its Labor Market
  • Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 5.2% in July 2021
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, June 2021
  • State Unemployment Rates (Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Wyoming Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
  • State Unemployment Rates (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Economic Indicators
  • Wyoming County Unemployment Rates
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Initial Claims
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Continued Claims

Unemployment Insurance Claims

NEW! Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming by County of Residence, Industry, and Selected Demographics, 2019-2021

Weekly UI Claims Data Table of Contents

Updated October 14, 2021, for the week ending October 9, 2021.

Monthly News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 4.9% in August 2021

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.2% in July to 4.9% in August. Available data suggests that the August decrease in unemployment was related to individuals dropping out of the labor force. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was slightly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.2% and much lower than its August 2020 level of 6.2%.

News Release

September 21, 2021.

Current Monthly UI Claims Report

Unemployment Insurance Claims

August 2021: Initial Claims Decline for Sixth Straight Month

The number of Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in Wyoming continued to decline from prior-year levels in August.

August 2021 marked the sixth consecutive month of over-the-year decreases in initial UI claims in Wyoming. There were 1,282 initial claims in August 2021, down from 5,138 in August 2020 (-3,856, or -75%). This amount is getting closer to pre-pandemic levels of 943 initial claims in August 2019.

The number of initial claims declined from the prior year in all industries, with substantial decreases were seen in natural resources & mining, construction, leisure & hospitality, and professional & business services, among others.

There were 8,807 continued weeks claimed in August, down 84.7% over the year. The 2,869 unique claimants marked an 83.3% decrease from a year prior. There were 7,837 total continued weeks claimed in August 2019, so current levels are still higher than pre-pandemic levels.

Continued claims declined in all industries over the year, including mining, leisure & hospitality, and construction. Continued claims also fell in every county, with the greatest decreases seen in Natrona, Campbell, Laramie, and Sweetwater counties.

August 2021 UI Claims Report

Published September 16, 2021.

Growing and Declining Industries

Growing and Declining Industries in Wyoming, 2021Q1

Overall, Wyoming had seven growing industries in 2021Q1, which accounted for 8.2% of all industries and 5.6% of total employment.

There were 24 declining industries in 2021Q1, which made up 28.3% of all industries and 19.4% of the state's total employment.

Growing and Declining Industries Home | Current Report

Published August 11, 2021.


Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Job Losses Continue in Fourth Quarter

Wyoming’s economy continued to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in fourth quarter 2020. From fourth quarter 2019 to fourth quarter 2020, Wyoming lost 16,273 jobs (-5.9%) and total payroll fell by $58.4 million (-1.6%). The largest job losses occurred in mining (including oil & gas), leisure & hospitality, and construction.

Quarterly News Release

2020Q4 Employment and Wage Tables

Summary Statistics by Industry, 2001Q1-2021Q1

Published August 6, 2021.


2021 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Welcome to the 2021 edition of the Wyoming Workforce Annual Report, produced by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in partnership with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. This report provides an overview of Wyoming’s economy and workforce. Chapters in this report include:

  • Wyoming's Labor Market in 2020: Pandemic, Declining Energy Prices Force Historic Job Losses
  • Substantial Job Losses Seen in Mining, Leisure & Hospitality
  • Wyoming Population Grows from 2010 to 2020
  • Unemployment Rate Increases in All Wyoming Counties
  • UI Benefit Recipients, Payments Reach Historic High in 2020
  • Weekly Trends in UI Claims in Wyoming During the Pandemic
  • Identifying Occupations with the Most UI Claims in 2020
  • Number of Persons Working in Wyoming Drops 6.4% in 2020
  • Short-Term Projections Show Job Losses for Wyoming
  • Does Wyoming Reward a Postsecondary Education?
  • Wyoming Employers Add Nearly 100,000 New Hires in 2019
  • Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 32 in 2019
  • Wyoming’s Nonfatal Occupational Injury and Illness Incidence Rate for 2019
  • Just the Facts

Published June 25, 2021.

Licensed Occupations

Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2021

The Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2019, compiled by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, provides detailed information about license requirements and related information for the 97 occupations required to have a license by the state of Wyoming. Forty-five licensing boards oversee the administration and enforcement of these licenses.

Requiring practitioners of some occupations to be licensed results in the assurance that these workers have a minimum level of education and competency, and also generally results in higher wages for workers in those occupations compared to those in many unlicensed occupations.

Published June 2021.

PDF (2.0 MB)



Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2020 data updated to the March 2021 ECI Employment Cost Index). See note about wage updating used to calculate estimates.

Wyoming Wage Survey

Occupational staffing levels and wage rates for other states and the nation can be found HERE.

Published July 2021.


Most Recent Projections

*NEW* Wyoming Long-Term Sub-State Occupational Projections, 2018-2028 | HTML

Published June 2021.

*NEW* Wyoming Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2020-2022 | HTML

Published February 2021.

Wyoming Long-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2018-2028 | HTML

Published July 2020.

Demographics of Wyoming's Workforce

Wage Records in Wyoming

Demographics and Earnings of Persons Working in Wyoming by County, Industry, Age, & Gender, 2000-2020

Table of Contents

Published June 2021.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Monthly and Annual Civilian Labor Force Estimates for the State of Wyoming

Updated with Monthly Data and Annual Averages for Wyoming, its 23 Counties, and Selected Metropolotian Statistical Areas and Cities through 2020

LAUS Table of Contents

Published May 20, 2021.

Current Employment Statistics

Monthly Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector

Updated with Monthly Data and Annual Averages for Wyoming, Laramie County, and Natrona County through 2020

CES Table of Contents

Published April 23, 2021.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

NEW! Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims by Occupation

Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for Wyoming by Occupation, Educational Requirement, and Gender, 2019-2020

Table of Contents

Published March 26, 2021.

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

This publication is intended to introduce the reader to the data available for Wyoming from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Published February 9, 2020.


Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 32 in 2019

News Release | 2019 Tables and Figures | CFOI Main Page

The number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming rose slightly from 31 in 2018 to 32 in 2019 (an increase of one death, or 3.2%). From 1992 to 2019, Wyoming averaged 33 occupational fatalities each year, making the 32 deaths that occurred in 2019 slightly lower than average.


Published December 16, 2020.

New Hires

Wyoming New Hires Job Skills Survey Results, 2018

In 2018, Wyoming employers added an estimated 94,074 new hires: individuals who, during a particular quarter, started working for an employer he or she had not worked for since at least 1992, the first year for which R&P has wage records.

The New Hires Survey allows R&P to collect rich survey detail not previously available, such as occupation, rate of compensation, benefits, important job skills, employer satisfaction with a new hire’s skills, retention, and more. By linking New Hires Survey data to existing administrative databases, such as Unemployment Insurance Wage Records and Wyoming Department of Transportation driver’s license files, R&P is also able to identify new hires characteristics such as age and gender.

Published December 2020.


Wyoming Turnover Data, 1993Q1 to 2019Q4

Selected quarterly turnover tables and figures for Wyoming.

Published November 24, 2020.

Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes

New from R&P: Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes Interactive Graphics

New postsecondary education employment outcomes data for graduates of Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming are now available online by clicking here.

For more information on how to navigate these interactive Tableau graphics, please see this article in Wyoming Labor Force Trends.

Published November 9, 2020.


Wyoming Youth and Populations with Barriers to Employment:

Supporting Tables and Figures for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Performance Report, FY 2019

This report, prepared by the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, serves as supporting documentation for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Report for Program Year 2019. The primary focus of this report is Wyoming youth, which is defined for these purposes as individuals ages 15-24, and other populations with barriers to employment, such as homeless, English language learners, veterans, and others.

WIOA Report (PDF)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Wyoming

Published September 29, 2020.



Wyoming Benefits Survey 2018

The Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services conducts the Wyoming Benefits Survey on a quarterly basis. This survey is designed to collect information about the types of benefits Wyoming employers offer their employees.

This publication examines the prevalence of employer-provided benefits such as medical insurance, retirement plans, and paid leave in Wyoming during third quarter 2018. These benefits are analyzed in several ways: by full- and part-time employment status, employer size class, industry, and by Wyoming substate region.


Published March 2020.

PDF (2.8 MB)


Licensed Occupations

New: Licensed Occupation Dashboards

Includes lookup tools by occupation, printable PDFs for each licensed occupation, links to O*Net detailed descriptions, and comparison of wages for the U.S. and Wyoming.

Wyoming Licensed Occupation Dashboards

Health Care

Wyoming Health Care Occupation Dashboards: 2019 - Selected Statistics for Health Care Occupations in Wyoming (PDF)

Published June 2019.

Related Items

Presentation: Health Care Workforce Needs in Wyoming (PowerPoint)

Presented by Tony Glover, Manager, and Michael Moore, Editor, of the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to the Wyoming Interim Joint Labor, Health, & Social Services Committee, June 13-14, 2019, Cheyenne, WY

Presentation Handout (PDF)


R&P offers new series of Labor Market Information webinar videos

Hosted by Research & Planning Senior Economist Katelynd Faler, the webinars cover a variety of Labor Market Information topics based on questions we've received from the public. Topics include:

Gender Wage Gap

A Study of the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women in Wyoming: Update 2018

In 2017, the Wyoming joint labor, health, and social services interim and the joint minerals, business, and economic development interim committees requested the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services complete a study on the state’s gender wage gap (House Bill 0209). This report is an update to a similar report published in 2003.

Report: Update 2018 (PDF)

Appendix Materials (PDF)

Addendum (PDF)

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF

House Bill 0209, 2017 (PDF)

2003 Report

Published October 5, 2018. Revised December 3, 2018.


Wyoming Intercounty Commuting Report, 2018Q1

With Longitudinal County Data from 1992 to 2018

Nearly one in four (22.5%) persons working in Wyoming in 2018Q1 commuted from another county or state.

Published December 2018.