"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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Published October 5, 2018. Revised December 3, 2018.
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.
Published June 2018.
Published February 2018.
This publication examines demand and supply issues for the health care industry in Wyoming. It represents an update to the publication Health Care Workforce Needs in Wyoming: Advancing the Study, published in the fall of 2011.
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This report from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services addresses the question raised in state legislation enacted in spring 2017 regarding economic diversification. It addresses existing workforce strengths and deficiencies as they apply to manufacturing in Wyoming. This report also creates an inventory of those conditions.
Published May 2017.
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. WIOA reforms planning requirements, previously governed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), to foster better alignment of Federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals. One of WIOA’s principal areas of reform is to require States to plan across core programs and include this planning process in the Unified or Combined State Plans. This reform promotes a shared understanding of the workforce needs within each State and fosters development of more comprehensive and integrated approaches, such as career pathways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers. Successful implementation of many of these approaches called for within WIOA requires robust relationships across programs. WIOA requires States and local areas to enhance coordination and partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies for strengthened service delivery, including through Unified or Combined State Plans.
Published October 2016.
This report is part of a larger effort to understand the impact of postsecondary education on workforce participation and career success.
Topics covered in this publication include:
Published July 2016.
Published February 2016.
Labor Market Information Committee, Data Sharing Sub-Committee
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Published May 2015.
|1. Youth Employment in Wyoming Continues to Decline in 2014||9. Truck Drivers, Construction Laborers Top-Paid Among Occupations with the Most New Hires in Wyoming|
|2. Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages: Wyoming Job Growth Improves in 2014||10. Gender Wage Gap: Compared to Males, Females Earned 59% in 2014|
|3. Current Employment in Wyoming by Industry Shows Continued Growth in 2014||11. Benefits: Access to Medical Insurance, Retirement Plans Declines in 2014|
|4. Short-Term Industry Projections: Construction, Educational & Health Services Lead Projected Job Growth||12. Planning vs. Performance: Why Outcome Wages May Fall Short of Accountability Measures|
|5. Top Five Occupational Projections by Typical Educational Requirement||13. Wyoming New Business Formation in 2012 and 2013|
|6. Wyoming Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.3% in 2014||14. Workers’ Compensation Claims Continue Downward Trend|
|7. Construction Labor Shortages in Wyoming and the Nation||15. Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Decrease to 26 in 2013|
|8. Unemployment Insurance Statistics Show State Continued Growth in 2014||16. Just the Facts|
Published April 2015.
Published February 2015. (PDF, 1.6MB)
Published December 2014.
Published June 2014, and Presented at the 2014 Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit on June 25-26 in Cheyenne, WY.
|1. Succession Planning in Wyoming and Opportunities for Wyoming’s Youth||9. New Hires in Wyoming by Educational Level|
|2. Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages – Wyoming Job Growth Lags Behind Surrounding States||10. Jobs with Access to Benefits in Wyoming|
|3. Short-Term Industry Projections: Job Growth Forecast for Most Sectors||11. Unemployment Insurance Benefits Show Recovery from Recession Slowed in 2013|
|4. Top Five Occupational Projections by Typical Educational Requirement||12. Nonresident Employment Nears Historic Levels|
|5. Current Employment in Wyoming by Industry Shows Slow Growth in 2013||13. Workers’ Compensation Claims Continue Downward Trend in Wyoming|
|6. Unemployment Rates Show Improvement in 2013||14. Unemployment Insurance Benefit Recipients by Gender & Age, 2009-2013|
|7. Occupational Fatalities in Wyoming Increase Slightly in 2012||15. Just the Facts|
|8. Vocational Rehabilitation: What Industries Employ Recent Program Participants?||Success Stories|
Published June 2014. See related news release (June 11, 2014)
In Wyoming, 98 occupations require licenses, certificates, or other registration. This publication includes detailed information on each of these occupations, such as wages, job descriptions, requirements, schools located in Wyoming, licensing fees, and more.
Published April 2014.
Published October 2013.
Published October 2013.
Published July 2013.
Using data from the Wyoming Benefits Survey and other state and federal data, in addition to previous research related to health care mandates in other states, this publication explores the PPACA's possible effects on employment in the state.
(The content of this publication appeared as an article in the September 2012 issue of Wyoming Labor Force Trends).
Published March 2012.
Published February 2012.
Published January 2012
An Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as it Pertains to the Wyoming Department of Employment Research & Planning Section and the Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Consortium
The regulatory environment is ubiquitous in energy efficiency. In fact, all energy efficiency innovations need to be evaluated for their potential environmental impact and a determination made as to whether or not they will need to be regulated. Few realize that even those technologies with the most benevolent appearance may have side effects needing regulatory attention.
PDF (Pub. March 2011)
PDF (Pub. August 2010)
Published June 2010. Wage-updating factors for March 2010 applied to data in these estimates.
See note about wage updating used to calculate estimates in this publication.
Published May 2010.
Published April 2010.
See note about wage updating used to calculate estimates in this publication.
Public Health Nursing: Succession Planning and Satisfaction Measures in Public Health
Published August 2009.
Published June 2009.
Published April 2009.
Published February 2009; 28 pages (PDF).
A three-part study for the Wyoming Health Care Commission:
The OES Wage Survey estimates in the Wyoming Wage Survey publications were calculated using three or more previous years of data; this estimation technique reduces sampling error, particularly for small geographic areas and less common occupations.
However, this technique also requires the adjustment of prior data to the current reference period. This procedure is referred to as "wage updating." Estimates from the BLS Federal/State Cooperative OES program are produced for the most recent survey reference period that includes the 12th of the month.
For wage updating purposes, the BLS uses the national wage changes for the nine occupational divisions for which Employment Cost Index (ECI) estimates are available. This procedure assumes that each occupation's wage, as measured in each year, moves according to the average movement of its occupational division and that there are no major geographic or detailed occupational differences. In the BLS estimates, ECI factors were applied to the prior panels.
R&P has used wage updating factors for later time periods to further update the data from all three survey years to a more current time period, subsequent to the most recent OES Survey reference period. As a result, wage-updating factors have been applied to all of the data included in the estimates in the Wyoming Wage Survey publications.
The updated data contained in these reports are not official BLS data series, nor have they been validated by the BLS.