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Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Job Growth in Fourth Quarter 2021

From fourth quarter 2020 to fourth quarter 2021, Wyoming added 7,017 jobs (2.7%) and total payroll rose by $382.5 million (10.7%). Despite the recent job growth, employment has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Total employment in fourth quarter 2021 was down approximately 9,300 jobs from fourth quarter 2019.

In fourth quarter 2021, the largest job growth occurred in leisure & hospitality (2,555 jobs, or 8.0%), professional & business services (1,289 jobs, or 6.9%), construction (945 jobs, or 4.6%), and mining (including oil & gas; 840 jobs, or 5.8%). Smaller job gains were seen in retail trade (697 jobs, or 2.4%), financial activities (462 jobs, or 4.2%), and manufacturing (373 jobs, or 3.9%). Job losses occurred in state government (-234 jobs, or -1.9%), health care & social assistance (-226 jobs, or -0.9%), federal government (-213 jobs, or -2.8%), and local government (-167 jobs, or -0.4%). Employment grew in 16 of Wyoming’s 23 counties.

Teton County added 1,369 jobs (7.3%) and its total payroll grew by $138.3 million (37.6%). Large job gains were seen in accommodation & food services, construction, professional & technical services, and real estate & rental & leasing. Employment also grew in administrative & waste services, retail trade, and educational services.

Laramie County gained 1,304 jobs (2.8%) and its total payroll increased by $54.5 million (8.7%). The largest growth occurred in construction (approximately 650 jobs). Growth was also seen in accommodation & food services, retail trade, transportation & warehousing, and professional & technical services.

Employment in Natrona County grew by 1,129 jobs (3.1%) and its total payroll rose by $40.1 million (8.1%). Job growth was seen in accommodation & food services; construction; manufacturing; arts, entertainment & recreation; and other services. Employment fell in health care & social assistance.

Albany County added 645 jobs (4.1%) and its total payroll increased by $10.7 million (5.9%). Job gains occurred in accommodation & food services, retail trade, professional & technical services, and administrative & waste services.

Campbell County added 538 jobs (2.4%) and its total payroll grew by $25.5 million (7.3%). Mining (including oil & gas) gained nearly 500 jobs, and smaller job gains were seen in accommodation & food services and health care & social assistance. Employment fell in local government and retail trade.

Employment in Converse County rose by 428 jobs (7.5%) and its total payroll grew by $14.9 million (17.7%). Large job gains were seen in mining (including oil & gas; nearly 300 jobs). Employment also grew in accommodation & food services, transportation & warehousing, retail trade, and manufacturing.

Fremont County gained 419 jobs (2.8%) and its total payroll rose by $9.5 million (5.5%). Job gains were seen in local government, accommodation & food services, and manufacturing.

Sheridan County added 328 jobs (2.5%) and its total payroll increased by $19.6 million (11.7%). Manufacturing employment grew by more than 150 jobs and smaller gains were seen in professional & technical services, accommodation & food services, management of companies & enterprises, and retail trade.

Carbon County lost 400 jobs (-5.8%) and its total payroll fell by $5.7 million (-6.0%). Large job losses in the construction sector were partially offset by job gains in accommodation & food services and administrative & waste services.

Visit our website at https://doe.state.wy.us/LMI/21Q4_QCEW/toc.htm for detailed tables for each county.

Employment and wages data for first quarter 2022 are scheduled to be released on August 12, 2022.



Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Research & Planning

May 6, 2022

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


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