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Unemployment Insurance Claims Information for Wyoming by County, Industry, and Place of Residence of Claimant: July 2017

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The 1,316 initial UI claims in July marked the fifth lowest month for new initial claims in Wyoming over the last 10 years.

Initial claims have decreased from prior year levels every month since September 2016. Wyoming’s labor force and monthly employment also have continued to decline.

There are several possible explanations for the concurrent decline in persons working and initial UI claims:

  • People left the workforce entirely.
  • People lost their jobs and quickly found jobs in other states.
  • People voluntarily separated from their employers and found work in other states.

UI Claims Report, July 2017

UI Claims Data Webpage

Published August 9, 2017.


In the March 2016 issue of Trends

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Increase 22.9% in 2015

In 2015, Wyoming had 25,447 new initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims – an increase of 4,739 (22.9%) from 2014. New initial claims represent the number of workers who experienced job loss in 2015 and applied for UI benefits.

In the February 2016 issue of Trends

How Out-of-State Claimants Affect Wyoming’s Unemployment Rate

With an economy heavily dependent on oil and gas, the spike in Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in Wyoming was not unexpected when oil prices plunged in late 2014. Even with evidence of job losses across the state, especially in the mining industry, Wyoming’s unemployment rate remained steady between 4.0% and 4.2% without significant over-the-month changes from December 2014 to November 2015. This article looks at individuals all over the United States filing claims for UI benefits from a Wyoming employer and how they affect the unemployment rate.

In the February 2015 issue of Trends

Wyoming New Business Formation in 2012 and 2013

Over the past two years (2012 and 2013), new business formation in Wyoming continued an upward trend from 2010 and 2011. However, the combined four years of growth after the economic downturn years of 2008 and 2009 was much slower than the previous growth from the downturn years of 2002 and 2003 in terms of the growth pace and the formation level.

The construction industry finally showed a notable recovery in 2013 after four consecutive years of decline – the largest in history. New business formation in mining dropped to the historical low again in 2012 and 2013.

In the January 2015 Issue of Trends

The Recent Labor Market Downturn as a Natural Experiment, Part 3: Previous Unemployment Insurance (UI) Spells as a Predictor of the Length of Future UI Benefit Collection

Using UI claims data, we found that economic conditions before and after the first spell of unemployment played a significant role in determining length of future UI benefit collection. We found little evidence that a claimant’s personal characteristics contribute to the length of future UI benefit collection. Implications for workforce service agencies are also discussed.

In the December 2014 Issue of Trends

The Recent Labor Market Downturn as a Natural Experiment, Part 2: The Effects of Labor Market Conditions and Employer Re-Hiring Practices on Repeat Use of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) System

Collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI) may create a stigma and contribute to human capital decay, increasing the likelihood of claimants falling into a sector of the labor market where repeat use of the UI system is common. Using UI claimant data from 2005 to 2012, we found that during the recent economic downturn, the rate of repeat use of the UI system decreased due to an increase in the number of individuals who would normally not apply for benefits. We also found evidence that employers may change their hiring and re-hiring practices depending upon the local unemployment rate. Further, nearly 86.0% of repeat claimants who return to the same employer see no increase in wages upon re-employment. Implications for workforce agencies to concentrate their efforts are discussed.

In the November 2014 Issue of Trends

The Recent Labor Market Downturn as a Natural Experiment, Part 1 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claimant Labor Market Behavior: Length of Benefit Collection and the Likelihood of Exiting the Labor Market

Increasing the maximum number of weeks an individual can claim Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits has been shown to increase the time spent unemployed, which can have negative consequences on the unemployment rate (Rothstein, 2011). On the other hand, an extension of UI benefits allows the unemployed worker more time to search for suitable employment with higher wages that better matches their knowledge and skills (Kahn, 2011). Using UI claims data before, during, and after the recent economic downturn, we found that the length of UI benefit collection affects the likelihood of leaving Wyoming’s labor market. Further, we found that the possibility of collecting extended UI benefits has little effect on a person’s work search intensity. We discuss workforce agency initiatives and program evaluation implications.

In the February 2013 Issue of Trends

Small Businesses Play a Big Role in Wyoming's Economy

More than half (51.5%) of all businesses in Wyoming in 2011 had just one to three employees. Some of these micro-sized firms provided higher annual wages on average in their industries than larger firms. Larger Wyoming employers (those with 50 or more employees) made up just 4.1% of all businesses but contributed 57.0% of the state's jobs and 63.4% of Wyoming's total wages in 2011.

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In the November 2012 Issue of Trends

New Business Formation Increases in Wyoming
in 2010 and 2011

New business formation in Wyoming began to recover in 2010 and 2011 after declining in 2008 and 2009 during the state's economic downturn. However, the number of new firms and the growth rate were smaller than during the recovery period following the prior economic downturn in 2001. The number of new firms in construction has declined for four years. In 2011, the number of new firms in this industry reached its lowest level of the past 13 years. The construction industry's extended contraction has never been seen before.

In the November 2011 issue of Trends

    An Overview of Wyoming's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and Trust Fund Liability

    Despite enduring a recent economic downturn, the Wyoming unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund remained solvent. This article provides a detailed look at the history of the state UI trust fund, including four periods of economic downturn. The second part of this article presents a trust fund liability study that examines four different scenarios that would affect the solvency of the trust fund.

In the February 2010 issue of Trends



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