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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

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.

2020 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

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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

NEW! Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming by County of Residence, Industry, and Selected Demographics, 2019-2020

Updated November 20, 2020, for the week ending November 14, 2020.

Weekly UI Claims Data Table of Contents

Monthly News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 5.5% in October 2020

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.1% in September to 5.5% in October. Wyoming’s unemployment rate has decreased in each of the past six months and is much lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.9%. Despite several months of decreases, Wyoming’s unemployment rate remains higher than its October 2019 level of 3.7%.

See News Release.


September 2020

  • Selected Demographics of Wyoming’s Workforce in 2019
  • R&P Publishes Report on Youth, Other Populations with Barriers to Employment
  • Comparing SOII Injury Estimates for Wyoming to Workers’ Compensation Data
  • Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 7.1% in July 2020
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, July 2020
  • 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


Wyoming Turnover Data, 1993Q1 to 2019Q4

Selected quarterly turnover tables and figures for Wyoming.

Published November 24, 2020.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

September 2020 Unemployment Insurance Claims Report:
Initial Claims Increase with Seasonal Job Losses

Initial Unemployment Insurance claims in Wyoming grew by 58.6% from September to October, marking the first over-the-month increase since April. The rise in initial claims was not unexpected; the increase in initial claims from September to October is typically the greatest of the year, because of the relatively large number of seasonal summer jobs ending.

Wyoming had 6,073 initial claims in October, up from 3,829 in September (2,244, or 58.6%).

The total number of continued weeks claimed decreased by 20.7%, while the total number of unique claimants increased by 2.5%. The decline in continued claims likely is due to a variety of factors, such as individuals returning to work, leaving the workforce, or exhausting their regular UI benefits.

October 2020 UI Claims Report

UI Claims Data Main Page

Published November 20, 2020.

Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes

New from R&P: Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes Interactive Graphics

New postsecondary education employment outcomes data for graduates of Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming are now available online by clicking here.

For more information on how to navigate these interactive Tableau graphics, please see this article in Wyoming Labor Force Trends.

Published November 9, 2020.


Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Weak Job Growth in First Quarter 2020

This report focuses on employment and wage growth in early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions affected Wyoming’s economy. Job growth weakened considerably in first quarter 2020, mostly because of large job losses in the mining sector (including oil & gas). Even before the pandemic struck Wyoming,
the state was experiencing very slow job growth.

From first quarter 2019 to first quarter 2020, Wyoming added 270 jobs (0.1%) and its total payroll increased by $25.8 million (0.8%).

Quarterly News Release

2020Q1 Employment and Wage Tables

Published November 6, 2020.

Growing and Declining Industries

Growing and Declining Industries in Wyoming, 2020Q2

In second quarter 2020, Wyoming had just three growing industries, which accounted for 4.7% of all industries and 2.6% of total employment. In comparison, there were 17 declining industries 2020Q2, which made up 20.0% of all industries and 6.3% of the state's total employment.

Published November 6, 2020.

Earnings Tables

Wage Records in Wyoming

Demographics and Earnings of Persons Working in Wyoming by County, Industry, Age, & Gender, 2000-2019

Table of Contents

Published August 2019.


Wyoming Youth and Populations with Barriers to Employment:

Supporting Tables and Figures for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Performance Report, FY 2019

This report, prepared by the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, serves as supporting documentation for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Report for Program Year 2019. The primary focus of this report is Wyoming youth, which is defined for these purposes as individuals ages 15-24, and other populations with barriers to employment, such as homeless, English language learners, veterans, and others.

WIOA Report (PDF)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Wyoming

Published September 29, 2020.


Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2019 data updated to the March 2020 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.

Published August 2020.


Wyoming Long-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2018-2028

The newest long-term industry and occupational projections from Research & Planning indicate that Wyoming will add approximately 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years, an increase of about 7%.

2018-2028 Projections Main Page

Published July 2020.


2020 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Welcome to the 2020 edition of the 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. Topics covered in this report include:

  • R&P Publishes Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims Data
  • Construction Drives Wyoming Job Growth in 2019
  • Wyoming Sees Small Population Increase in 2019
  • Wyoming Labor Force Increases in 2019
  • UI Benefit Exhaustion Rate Drops to Historic Low in 2019
  • Increase of Nonresident Workers Continues in 2019
  • Wyoming Projected to Add Nearly 3,000 New Jobs by 2021
  • An Introduction to Colorado-Wyoming Commuting Patterns
  • Wyoming Employers Add More than 90,000 New Hires in 2018
  • Percent of Workers Offered Medical Insurance Continues Decline
  • R&P Offers Licensed Occupation Directory and Dashboards
  • Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 31 in 2018
  • Wyoming’s Nonfatal Occupational Injury and Illness Incidence Rate Essentially Unchanged in 2018
  • Wyoming’s Changing Retail Trade Industry
  • Tracking Coal Miners Into the Labor Force After Job Losses
  • Just the Facts
Published June 29, 2020.


Wyoming Short-Term Occupational Projections, 2019-2021

by: Patrick Manning, Principal Economist, and Michael Moore, Editor

Published March 2020.


Wyoming Benefits Survey 2018

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.


Published March 2020.

PDF (2.8 MB)


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.



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%).


Published December 17, 2019.

Licensed Occupations

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.

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)


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)


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:


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.


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.