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Local Jobs and Wyoming Payroll in First Quarter 2018: Mining Sector Continues to Grow

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has remained between 3.7% and 4.2% in each of the past 18 months, but the state’s labor force has continued to decrease. This report, which focuses on changes in the number of jobs between first quarter 2017 and first quarter 2018, is based on employers’ quarterly unemployment insurance tax filings. It provides details on job growth and decline by industry and county.

From first quarter 2017 to first quarter 2018, employment rose by 1,491 jobs (0.6%) and total payroll increased by $132.6 million (4.4%). The largest job gains occurred in mining (including oil & gas; 1,805 jobs, or 9.7%), health care & social assistance (626 jobs, or 2.5%), accommodation & food services (438 jobs, or 1.5%), transportation & warehousing (328 jobs, or 3.5%), manufacturing (292 jobs, or 3.2%), and professional & technical services (247 jobs, or 2.8%). Job losses were seen in local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; -1,164 jobs, or –2.5%), retail trade (-588 jobs, or –2.0%), state government (-328 jobs, or –2.6%), and construction (-164 jobs, or –0.9%). Employment grew in 13 counties and declined in 10 counties. Total payroll rose in 21 counties and fell in two counties.

Natrona County added 545 jobs (1.5%) and its total payroll rose by $30.6 million (7.2%). Large job gains were seen in mining (including oil & gas), manufacturing, administrative & waste services, transportation & warehousing, wholesale trade, and accommodation & food services. Employment fell in local government, construction, retail trade, and health care & social assistance.

Campbell County gained 493 jobs (2.1%) and its total payroll grew by $23.4 million (7.1%). Job growth occurred in mining (including oil & gas), wholesale trade, real estate & rental & leasing, accommodation & food services, and other services.

In Sublette County employment rose by 246 jobs (6.6%) and total payroll increased by $5.2 million (9.4%). Job gains were seen in mining (including oil & gas), transportation & warehousing, construction, wholesale trade, and retail trade.

Teton County added 201 jobs (1.0%) and its total payroll rose by $11.6 million (5.1%). Employment grew in retail trade; accommodation & food services; arts, entertainment & recreation; professional & technical services; and manufacturing.

Sweetwater County gained 156 jobs (0.7%) and its total payroll grew by $8.1 million (2.6%). Job gains in mining (including oil & gas), administrative & waste services, professional & technical services, and transportation & warehousing were partially offset by job losses in construction, local government (including public schools), and manufacturing.

Laramie County lost 204 jobs (-0.5%), but its total payroll increased by $20.0 million (4.0%). Job losses in retail trade and local government more than offset job gains in health care & social assistance, mining (including oil & gas), and accommodation & food services.

Carbon County’s employment fell by 176 jobs (-2.7%), but its payroll increased slightly (+0.4 million, or 0.5%). Small job losses were seen in many sectors, including construction, state government, retail trade, local government, and health care & social assistance.

Fremont County lost 145 jobs (-1.0%), but its total payroll grew by $4.5 million (3.1%). Job losses were seen in retail trade, state government, and local government.

Visit our website at http://doe.state.wy.us/LMI/18Q1_QCEW/toc.htm for detailed tables for each county.


Preview—Second Quarter (April through June) 2018 Covered Employment & Wages

According to preliminary data, employment rose by approximately 1,500 jobs (0.6%) from second quarter 2017 to second quarter 2018. Total payroll increased by $108.8 million (3.5%). The largest job gains occurred in mining (including oil & gas; approximately 970 jobs), health care & social assistance (approximately 600 jobs), manufacturing (approximately 400 jobs), transportation & warehousing (approximately 330 jobs), accommodation & food services (approximately 300 jobs), and professional & technical services (approximately 300 jobs). Job losses were seen in local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; approximately 1,000 jobs), state government (approximately 340 jobs), and retail trade (approximately 300 jobs).

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

County level employment and wages data for second quarter 2018 are scheduled to be released on February 8, 2019.


Wyoming Average Monthly Employment, Total Payroll, and Average Weekly Wage for First Quarter by County, 2017 and 2018a

                 Average Monthly Employment                        Total Payroll                                 Average Weekly Wage
County           First Quarter      Change                     First Quarter              Change             First Quarter         Change
                  2017     2018       n        %        2017            2018               $          %      2017     2018       $        %
Total          261,245  262,736    1,491      0.6  $2,988,935,161  $3,121,526,005  $132,590,844      4.4     $880     $914      $34      3.8

Albany          15,258   15,230      -28     -0.2    $146,669,197    $150,202,186    $3,532,989      2.4     $739     $759      $19      2.6
Big Horn         3,854    3,790      -64     -1.7     $38,210,081     $37,881,442     -$328,639     -0.9     $763     $769       $6      0.8
Campbell        23,755   24,249      493      2.1    $330,573,041    $353,923,182   $23,350,141      7.1   $1,070   $1,123      $52      4.9
Carbon           6,519    6,343     -176     -2.7     $83,675,150     $84,078,366      $403,216      0.5     $987   $1,020      $32      3.3
Converse         5,527    5,601       74      1.3     $67,728,463     $71,406,084    $3,677,621      5.4     $943     $981      $38      4.0
Crook            2,166    2,311      145      6.7     $21,955,202     $24,073,881    $2,118,679      9.7     $780     $801      $22      2.8
Fremont         14,979   14,834     -145     -1.0    $146,532,867    $151,069,118    $4,536,251      3.1     $753     $783      $31      4.1
Goshen           4,353    4,302      -51     -1.2     $38,752,868     $39,404,337      $651,469      1.7     $685     $705      $20      2.9
Hot Springs      1,918    1,852      -67     -3.5     $16,242,788     $16,506,855      $264,067      1.6     $651     $686      $34      5.3
Johnson          2,940    3,005       65      2.2     $27,901,823     $31,253,735    $3,351,912     12.0     $730     $800      $70      9.6
Laramie         45,147   44,942     -204     -0.5    $499,547,827    $519,569,222   $20,021,395      4.0     $851     $889      $38      4.5
Lincoln          5,943    6,091      148      2.5     $69,284,458     $68,836,886     -$447,572     -0.6     $897     $869     -$27     -3.1
Natrona         37,141   37,686      545      1.5    $427,457,428    $458,025,493   $30,568,065      7.2     $885     $935      $50      5.6
Niobrara           869      870        1      0.1      $7,551,940      $7,644,768       $92,828      1.2     $668     $676       $7      1.1
Park            12,251   12,324       73      0.6    $125,057,974    $125,442,838      $384,864      0.3     $785     $783      -$2     -0.3
Platte           3,365    3,413       48      1.4     $35,219,268     $36,468,185    $1,248,917      3.5     $805     $822      $17      2.1
Sheridan        12,886   12,836      -50     -0.4    $126,874,344    $129,701,360    $2,827,016      2.2     $757     $777      $20      2.6
Sublette         3,755    4,001      246      6.6     $55,169,190     $60,370,244    $5,201,054      9.4   $1,130   $1,161      $30      2.7
Sweetwater      21,845   22,001      156      0.7    $315,372,415    $323,476,102    $8,103,687      2.6   $1,111   $1,131      $20      1.8
Teton           19,479   19,680      201      1.0    $227,693,222    $239,250,505   $11,557,283      5.1     $899     $935      $36      4.0
Uinta            7,998    7,962      -36     -0.5     $78,735,210     $79,965,980    $1,230,770      1.6     $757     $773      $15      2.0
Washakie         3,532    3,546       14      0.4     $34,959,769     $35,390,557      $430,788      1.2     $761     $768       $6      0.8
Weston           2,231    2,196      -35     -1.6     $20,183,367     $21,419,384    $1,236,017      6.1     $696     $750      $54      7.8
Nonclassified    3,534    3,673      139      3.9     $47,587,269     $56,165,295    $8,578,026     18.0   $1,036   $1,176     $140     13.5

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


Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Research & Planning

November 9, 2018

Contacts:
David Bullard, Senior Economist, 307-473-3810
Carola Cowan, BLS Programs Supervisor, 307-473-3804


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