In terms of the unemployment rate, Wyoming weathered the most recent recession better overall than the U.S. Even so, the number and proportion of employees offered benefits, including health insurance and retirement plans, declined from 2008 to 2011. Health insurance, dependent health insurance, and retirement plans are important to employees' financial security.
The likelihood of being offered benefits in Wyoming depends largely on full- or part-time status, company size, and industry. Full-time jobs were offered benefits at a higher rate than part-time jobs. Jobs in larger firms were offered benefits more often than those in smaller firms. Larger proportions of jobs in natural resources & mining, educational & health services, information, and state & local government were offered benefits than jobs in other industries.