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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.


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.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims Report, June 2018

Click here to view the report.

In June 2018, initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims decreased by 16.9% (-251 claims) compared to June 2017. Initial claims have decreased from prior-year levels for 22 months, dating back to September 2016.

The number of unique claimants with continued claims decreased from 3,866 in June 2017 to 2,852 in June 2017 (-1,014, or -26.2%). The total number of continued weeks claimed decreased from 13,023 to 9,629 (-3,394, or -26.1%).

UI Claims Data Webpage

Published July 20, 2018.


May 2018

  • Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections for Wyoming, 2017-2019
  • Business Survival in Wyoming
  • Wyoming Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9% in March 2018
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, March 2018
  • 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


April 2018

  • 2017Q4 Quarterly Update: Jobs and Wages Increase for Second Consecutive Quarter
  • Total Wages, Average Monthly Employment, and
    Average Monthly Wage Changes for Wyoming by
    Year/Quarter: 2007Q4 to 2017Q4
  • Quarterly Turnover Statistics by Industry, Third Quarter 2017
  • Persons Working in Jobs Covered by Wyoming State Unemployment Insurance, Fourth Quarter 2017
  • Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 4.0% in February
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and
    Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, February 2018
  • State Unemployment Rates (Seasonally Adjusted)
    Wyoming Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
  • State Unemployment Rates (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Economic Indicators
  • County Unemployment Rates
  • Unemployment Insurance Statistics

Annual Report

2018 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

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.

Presentation: Inside the 2018 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Presented at the 2018 Safety & Workforce Summit, Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 20, 2018 by Michael Moore, Editor Research & Planning, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 3.7% in May

Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.8% in April to 3.7% in May. 

Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents decreased significantly from April to May, falling by an estimated 932 individuals (-0.3%).

Total nonfarm employment (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) rose from 283,000 in May 2017 to 287,200 in May 2018, an increase of 4,200 jobs (or 1.5%; not a statistically significant change).

News Release

Published June 20, 2018.


Wyoming Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2017-2019

by: Patrick Manning, Principal Economist

Wyoming is projected to add 7,333 jobs from 2017 to 2019, according to the most recent short-term projections. Job growth is projected to occur in all sectors except information and public administration.

Published March 8, 2018.


Wyoming Benefits Survey 2016


Wyoming Benefits Survey 2016
(PDF, 3.2 MB)

Published February 2018.


Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Unchanged from 2015 to 2016

News Release | 2016 Statistical Information |
CFOI Main Page

There were 34 occupational fatalities in Wyoming in 2016, the same number of fatalities that occurred in 2015.

In 2016, 10 deaths occurred in natural resources & mining (or 29.4% of all deaths). Within that category, six deaths were in agriculture (17.6%) and four deaths (11.8%) were in mining (including oil & gas). Trade, transportation, & utilities accounted for 10 deaths (29.4%), with six deaths in transportation & warehousing (17.6%). There were three deaths each in construction (8.8%), professional & business services (8.8%), and government (8.8%).

Approximately two-fifths (41.2%) of workplace fatalities were the result of transportation incidents.
From 2003-2016, transportation incidents made up 56.4% of all workplace deaths. Transportation incidents include highway crashes as well as incidents involving aircraft and other vehicles.


Published December 19, 2017.


Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2016 data updated to the September 2017 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, 2000-2016

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. UI covered employment represents approximately 91.5% of Wyoming’s total wage and salary employment. Any individual who had wages in Wyoming at any time from 2000 to 2016 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 September 2017.


Wyoming Intercounty Commuting Report, 2017Q1

With Longitudinal County Data from 2008 to 2017

Of the 287,940 individuals working in Wyoming at any time during first quarter 2017 (2017Q1), more than one in five (21.3%) commuted from another county or state, according to the most recent turnover data from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

Published September 2017.

Licensed Occupations

Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2017

The Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2017, 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 98 occupations required to have a license by the state of Wyoming.

Published September 2017.

Workforce-Education Connection (WE Connect)

Consumer Reports: Wyoming Career Assist

Employment, Earnings, and Hours Worked Five Years Before and Five Years After Graduation by Programs of Study

This report introduces consumers to tabulations and interactive graphics of student outcomes and pre-graduation work experiences.

The Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services produces reports in tabular and interactive graphic form, and supporting documentation allowing customers to better understand a great deal more about the career pathways between work and education leading to a greater probability of success in their chosen field of study.

Updated July 14, 2017.


Wyoming Long-Term Sub-State Occupational Projections 2014-2024

Map | Casper MSA | Cheyenne MSA |
| Northeast |
Northwest | Southwest

Tables run June 2017.

Health care

Health Care Workforce Needs in Wyoming: Update 2017 (PDF)

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.

Table of Contents (HTML)

  • Chapter Highlights and Key Findings
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Analysis of Wyoming’s Demographics and the Health Care Workforce
  • Chapter 3: The Impact of Wyoming Postsecondary Graduates on Supply and Demand of Wyoming’s Health Care Workforce
  • Chapter 4: The Education and Career Pathways of Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Chapter 5: Analysis of Licensed Health Care Occupations
  • Chapter 6: State and Local Health Care Shortages
  • Chapter 7: Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Incidence Rates by Industry and Licensed Occupations
Updated June 13, 2017.


Manufacturing Workforce in Wyoming

Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW)

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.


Wyoming Turnover Report, 1992Q1 to 2016Q2

(PDF, 799 KB)

Click here to download Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet

Published March 30, 2017.

New Hires

Wyoming New Hires Job Skills Survey Results, 2015

In 2015, Wyoming employers added an estimated 113,204 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.

Revised May 15, 2017.


Private Sector and State Government Employment and Wages in Wyoming, May 2015

Published December 7, 2016.

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Workforce-Education Connection (WE Connect)

Education and Employment and Wage Outcomes for University of Wyoming and Wyoming Community College Graduates, 2007/08 to 2014/15, in Wyoming and 11 Other States

This type of research helps inform students, jobseekers, educators, training providers, career counselors, and others of employment and wage trends for specific areas of study.

Published September 2, 2016.

Workforce-Education Connection (WE Connect)

Wyoming’s Hathaway Scholarship Program: A Workforce Outcomes Evaluation of a State Merit-Based Scholarship Initiative Using Administrative Records

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:

    • The importance of age, gender, and seasonal opportunities in local markets
    • The range of career and family formation choices made in the years shortly after high school
    • How gender is associated with fields of academic pursuit and labor market outcomes
    • How different postsecondary financing strategies influence outcomes, including wages and retention
    • The utility value of hours worked in relation to outcome measures in Wyoming

Published July 2016.

Impact Evaluation

Higher Wages and More Work: Impact Evaluation of a State-Funded Incumbent Worker Training Program

Occasional Paper No. 8

The Education and Work Experience of Youth in Wyoming’s Counties


Published February 2016.

Workforce-Education Connection (WE Connect)

Workforce Data Quality Initiative Report No. 1 for Wyoming: School Attendance and Employment, 2006 to 2013


Published April 2015.

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