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Research & Planning
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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.

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Welcome!

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.


Unemployment Insurance Claims

December 2019 UI Claims Report: Initial Claims Continue to Increase from Prior-Year Levels

The total number of initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in Wyoming increased 12.1% over the year in December 2019. This marked the sixth consecutive month of over-the-year increase in initial claims, dating back to July 2019. Over the year, initial claims rose from 2,439 to 2,734, an increase of 295 claims, or 12.1%. The greatest increase was seen in natural resources & mining, followed by unclassified.

At the county of residence level, the greatest over-the-year increase in initial claims was seen among out-of-state claimants. The largest increases among Wyoming residents were seen in Natrona and Sweetwater counties.

Total continued weeks claimed increased by 17.9%, while the total number of unique claimants increased by 18.3%. The total number of exhaustees grew by 26.1%.

Large over-the-year increases in continued weeks claimed were seen in several industries, including unclassified, natural resources & mining, and construction.

At the county level, the largest over the-year-increase was seen among out-of-state claimants, followed by residents of Natrona, Sweetwater, Laramie, and Fremont counties.

Published January 9, 2020.

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 January 8, 2020.

 


Trends

November 2019

  • Wyoming Employers Add Nearly 90,000 New Hires in 2017
  • What Jobs Were Older Workers Hired to Fill in 2017?
  • What do Housing Vacancy Data Say about Wyoming’s Economy?
  • Wyoming Unemployment Rises to 3.8% in September 2019
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, September 2019
  • 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

Monthly News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 3.7% in November 2019

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly from 3.8% in October to 3.7% in November. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its November 2018 level of 4.1%, but slightly higher than the current U.S. rate of 3.5%.

See News Release.


CFOI

Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 31 in 2018

News Release | 2018 Tables and Figures | CFOI Main Page

The number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming rose from 20 in 2017 to 31 in 2018 (an increase of 11 deaths, or 55%).

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Published December 17, 2019.

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


New Hires

Wyoming New Hires Job Skills Survey Results, 2017

In 2017, Wyoming employers added an estimated 88,561 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 November 2019.


QCEW

Wyoming Employment and Payroll in First Quarter 2019: Strong Growth in Construction Jobs

From first quarter 2018 to first quarter 2019, Wyoming employment rose by 5,679 jobs (2.2%) and total payroll increased by $192.1 million (6.2%). Approximately half of the job gains in first quarter occurred in the construction sector, which added 2,867 jobs.

Job growth was also seen in professional & business services, manufacturing, leisure & hospitality, mining (including oil & gas), and wholesale trade, transportation, warehousing, & utilities. Employment fell in information, retail trade, and other services.

Quarterly News Release

2019Q1 Employment and Wage Tables

Published November 8, 2019.


Growing and Declining Industries

Growing and Declining Industries in Wyoming, 2019Q2

A growing industry is defined as one that shows over-the-year growth in average monthly employment for two consecutive quarters.

In 2019Q2, R&P identified 13 growing industries in Wyoming, including electrical equipment and appliance manufacturing, heavy & civil engineering construction, and computer & electronic part manufacturing, among others.

A declining industry is one that shows over-the-year decline in average monthly employment for two consecutive quarters. R&P identified seven declining industries in Wyoming 2019Q2, including air transportation, food manufacturing, and crop production.

Published October 22, 2019.

Licensed Occupations

Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2019

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 September 2019.

PDF (1.4 MB)

 


OES

Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2018 data updated to the March 2019 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.


Earnings Tables

Wage Records in Wyoming

Demographics and Earnings of Persons Working in Wyoming by County, Industry, Age, & Gender, 2000-2018


Each year, the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services publishes detailed information on earnings and employment by industry and county of employment. The numbers of individuals working in each industry or county are based on employers’ quarterly wage and employment reports to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services; these are referred to as wage records. Any individual who had wages in Wyoming at any time from 2000 to 2017 is included in the summary counts presented in this research. Each individual is counted only once.

By linking the Wage Records database with other administrative databases, such as the driver’s license file from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, R&P is able to identify demographic information for each county and industry, including number of persons working, average annual wages, average number of quarters worked, and average number of employers.

Published August 2019.


Annual Report

2019 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Published June 2019. PDF, 72 pages.

  • Construction Sector Adds Jobs for the First Time in 3 Years
  • Wyoming Population Decline Continues in 2018
  • Labor Force, Unemployment Rate Continue to Decrease
  • UI Recipients, Benefit Expenses Reach a Decade Low
  • Increase in Nonresidents Working in Wyoming in 2018
  • Mining Leads Projected Job Growth for 2018-2020
  • Hiring Activity Spikes in Construction in 2018Q3
  • R&P Publishes New Interstate and Intercounty Commuting Data
  • Wyoming Employers Add Nearly 90,000 New Hires in 2017
  • Fewer Jobs Offered Access to Benefits
  • Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Decrease to 20 in 2017
  • Wyoming’s Nonfatal Occupational Injury and Illness Incidence Rate Essentially Unchanged in 2017
  • Workers' Comp Claims Continue Downward Trend in 2018
  • R&P Publishes New Study on Wyoming’s Gender Wage Gap
  • CNAs Have Higher Earnings, Employment in Wyoming
  • Economic Impacts of Adding Jobs to Selected Industries
  • Just the Facts


Projections

Wyoming Long-Term Sub-State Occupational Projections, 2016-2026

by: Patrick Manning, Principal Economist


Published July 3, 2019.


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)


Understanding Labor Market Information

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:


Unemployment Insurance Claims

Annual Unemployment Insurance Claims Data, 1997-2018

  • Benefit Recipients and Exhaustees
  • Tax Revenue
  • Benefits Paid
  • Trust Fund Balance
  • Benefits Paid by County
  • Benefits Paid by County and UI Program

Published April 1, 2019.


Projections

Wyoming Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2018-2020

by: Patrick Manning, Principal Economist

Wyoming is projected to add more than 5,000 jobs from 2018 to 2020, according to the most recent short-term projections from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

Published March 7, 2019.


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.


Commuting

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.


Projections

Wyoming Long-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2016-2026

The latest long-term projections from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show growth from 2016-2026. The industry projections suggest that the state will experience a net growth of 25,894 jobs (9.4%) over the 10-year period.

Published August 2018.