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Local Jobs and Wyoming Payroll in Fourth Quarter 2017: Modest Job Growth Continues

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.0% in June 2017 to 3.7% in June 2018, but at the same time, the state’s labor force decreased. This report, which focuses on changes in the number of jobs between fourth quarter 2016 and fourth quarter 2017, is based on employers’ quarterly unemployment insurance tax filings. It provides details by industry and county and can help explain more precisely how economic conditions changed in Wyoming between 2016 and 2017.

From fourth quarter 2016 to fourth quarter 2017, employment rose by 1,149 jobs (0.4%), and total payroll increased by $161.9 million (5.2%). Job gains were seen in mining (including oil & gas; 2,279 jobs, or 12.5%), accommodation & food services (380 jobs, or 1.2%), manufacturing (378 jobs, or 4.1%), real estate & rental & leasing (318 jobs, or 8.1%), transportation & warehousing (228 jobs, or 2.4%), and professional & technical services (221 jobs, or 2.5%). Employment fell in retail trade (-987 jobs, or –3.2%), construction (-886 jobs, or –4.3%), and local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; -839 jobs, or –1.8%). Employment grew in 11 counties and declined in 12 counties (see Table). Total payroll rose in 22 counties and fell in Carbon County.

Natrona County added 855 jobs (2.3%) and its total payroll grew by $34.3 million (7.5%). Large job gains were seen in mining (including oil & gas), manufacturing, administrative & waste services, transportation & warehousing, wholesale trade, and real estate & rental & leasing. Employment fell in construction, local government, and retail trade.

Campbell County gained 518 jobs (2.2%) and its total payroll increased by $17.8 million (5.3%). Employment increased in mining (including oil & gas), accommodation & food services, real estate & rental & leasing, wholesale trade, and administrative & waste services. Job losses were seen in construction, local government, and retail trade.

In Teton County employment rose by 396 jobs (2.1%) and total payroll increased by $16.5 million (7.3%). Job gains were seen in arts, entertainment, & recreation; accommodation & food services; professional & technical services; and real estate & rental & leasing.

Sublette County added 285 jobs (7.3%) and its total payroll grew by $7.4 million (14.1%). Employment rose in mining (including oil & gas), transportation & warehousing, real estate & rental & leasing, and wholesale trade.

Sweetwater County gained 174 jobs (0.8%) and its total payroll rose by $15.8 million (4.9%). Job gains were seen in mining (including oil & gas), administrative & waste services, accommodation & food services, and professional & technical services. Employment fell in construction, retail trade, and manufacturing.

Carbon County lost 350 jobs (-5.0%) and its total payroll fell by $3.8 million (-4.7%). Employment fell in construction, retail trade, and state government.

Fremont County’s employment fell by 222 jobs (-1.4%), but its total payroll rose by $4.9 million (3.1%). The largest job losses occurred in private educational services, retail trade, construction, and wholesale trade.

Albany County lost 173 jobs (-1.1%), but its total payroll rose by $6.8 million (4.4%). Employment fell in state government, health care & social assistance, and retail trade.

Visit our website at http://doe.state.wy.us/LMI/17Q4_QCEW/toc.htm for detailed tables for each county.


Preview—First Quarter (January through March) 2018 Covered Employment & Wages

According to preliminary data, employment grew from first quarter 2017 to first quarter 2018, rising by approximately 1,245 jobs (0.5%) and total payroll increased by $128.2 million (4.3%). Job growth was seen in mining (including oil & gas; approximately 1,900 jobs), health care & social assistance (approximately 550 jobs), accommodation & food services (approximately 350 jobs), transportation & warehousing (approximately 330 jobs), and manufacturing (approximately 330 jobs). Employment fell in local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; approximately 1,100 jobs), retail trade (approximately 640 jobs), and state government (approximately 330 jobs).

Industry employment and wages data for first quarter 2018 are available at http://doe.state.wy.us/LMI/QCEW_OTY/toc.htm

County level employment and wages data for first quarter 2018 are scheduled to be released on November 9, 2018.


Wyoming Average Monthly Employment, Total Payroll, and Average Weekly Wage for Fourth Quarter by County, 2016 and 2017a
                     Average Monthly Employment                     Total Payroll                                          Average Weekly Wage
County             Fourth Quarter        Change                     Fourth Quarter                      Change           Fourth Quarter   Change
                   2016      2017        n       %                2016               2017           $            %     2016    2017      $       %
Total           267,641   268,791     1,149     0.4     $3,111,373,498     $3,273,237,068     $161,863,570      5.2    $894    $937     $42     4.8

Albany           15,662    15,489      -173    -1.1       $153,402,182       $160,184,226       $6,782,044      4.4    $753    $796     $42     5.6
Big Horn          4,187     4,061      -125    -3.0        $43,177,512        $43,214,574          $37,062      0.1    $793    $818     $25     3.2
Campbell         24,102    24,621       518     2.2       $336,959,577       $354,798,804      $17,839,227      5.3  $1,075  $1,109     $33     3.1
Carbon            7,018     6,668      -350    -5.0        $80,378,219        $76,623,727      -$3,754,492     -4.7    $881    $884      $3     0.3
Converse          5,626     5,667        42     0.7        $72,265,410        $77,771,827       $5,506,417      7.6    $988  $1,056     $67     6.8
Crook             2,327     2,354        27     1.1        $24,333,683        $26,093,778       $1,760,095      7.2    $804    $853     $48     6.0
Fremont          15,622    15,401      -222    -1.4       $157,613,291       $162,539,306       $4,926,015      3.1    $776    $812     $36     4.6
Goshen            4,392     4,353       -39    -0.9        $40,436,076        $41,251,740         $815,664      2.0    $708    $729     $21     2.9
Hot Springs       1,967     1,907       -60    -3.1        $17,263,448        $18,101,980         $838,532      4.9    $675    $730     $55     8.2
Johnson           3,095     3,138        43     1.4        $29,098,062        $29,901,307         $803,245      2.8    $723    $733     $10     1.4
Laramie          45,686    45,646       -40    -0.1       $521,288,320       $544,455,257      $23,166,937      4.4    $878    $918     $40     4.5
Lincoln           6,154     6,307       153     2.5        $69,139,998        $73,497,176       $4,357,178      6.3    $864    $896     $32     3.7
Natrona          37,704    38,559       855     2.3       $455,129,345       $489,432,379      $34,303,034      7.5    $929    $976     $48     5.2
Niobrara            903       891       -12    -1.3         $7,614,249         $7,895,767         $281,518      3.7    $649    $682     $33     5.1
Park             13,241    13,104      -136    -1.0       $136,462,368       $138,781,717       $2,319,349      1.7    $793    $815     $22     2.8
Platte            3,462     3,590       128     3.7        $37,598,734        $41,287,979       $3,689,245      9.8    $835    $885     $49     5.9
Sheridan         13,270    13,199       -71    -0.5       $139,442,850       $142,373,557       $2,930,707      2.1    $808    $830     $21     2.7
Sublette          3,888     4,173       285     7.3        $52,337,276        $59,721,083       $7,383,807     14.1  $1,035  $1,101     $65     6.3
Sweetwater       22,290    22,464       174     0.8       $320,634,924       $336,407,666      $15,772,742      4.9  $1,107  $1,152     $45     4.1
Teton            18,787    19,183       396     2.1       $225,177,230       $241,707,916      $16,530,686      7.3    $922    $969     $47     5.1
Uinta             8,298     8,147      -150    -1.8        $82,983,617        $85,394,692       $2,411,075      2.9    $769    $806     $37     4.8
Washakie          3,679     3,711        32     0.9        $36,936,899        $40,318,007       $3,381,108      9.2    $772    $836     $63     8.2
Weston            2,312     2,239       -73    -3.1        $22,040,743        $22,925,001         $884,258      4.0    $733    $787     $54     7.4
Nonclassified     3,969     3,917       -52    -1.3        $49,659,485        $58,557,602       $8,898,117     17.9    $962  $1,150    $188    19.5

a preliminary.
b The employer may be located statewide or in more than one county.
Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, developed through a cooperative program between Research & Planning and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Extract Date: July 2018.



Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Research & Planning

August 10, 2018

Contact:
David Bullard, Senior Economist, 307-473-3810


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