Personal Income for the U.S., Wyoming, and Selected Counties, 2012
Total unemployment insurance (UI) covered payroll increased by $97.3 million (3.2%) in first quarter 2014. Employment rose by 3,062 jobs (1.1%) and average weekly wage increased by $18 (2.1%). In first quarter, employment grew faster than its five year average (1.1% compared to 0.1%), total wages grew faster than their five-year average (3.2% compared to 2.6%), but average weekly wage grew just slower than its five-year average (2.1% compared to 2.4%). After losing jobs for six consecutive quarters, the mining sector (including oil & gas) gained 366 jobs (1.4%) in first quarter.
Despite the recent growth, overall employment remained approximately 2,250 jobs (0.1%) below its first quarter 2008 level. In short, the state has yet to make up all the job losses of 2009 and 2010.
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by: Carol Toups, Senior Statistician
NAICS Codes and Titles in Natrona County
This article compares the changes in the number of businesses, average number of employees, total quarterly payroll, and the average monthly wage for one area of Natrona County’s health care industry, Ambulatory Health Care Services, from second quarter 2005 (2005Q2) to second quarter 2013 (2013Q2).
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by: Tony Glover, Workforce Information Supervisor
Wage Records Quarterly Update
The mean quarterly wage for persons working one job in Wyoming increased from $10,424 in second quarter 2013 (2013Q2) to $10,833 in second quarter 2014 (2014Q2), an increase of 3.9%. Mean quarterly wages also increased from previous year levels for all others holding two or more jobs. The number of persons working more than one job increased slightly over the year.
U.S. and Wyoming Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate
Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.4% in July 2014 to 4.6% in August (not a statistically significant change). Wyoming’s unemployment rate was unchanged from its August 2013 level, but significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 6.1%.
The number of discouraged workers in the U.S. fell by 10.5% from August 2013 to August 2014.
Most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and fell slightly from July to August.
Initial claims decreased over the year (-29.8%) with large decreases in other services, except public administration (-72.7%), and trade, transportation, & utilities (-47.3%).
Continued weeks claimed decreased over the year (-28.1%). Financial activities experienced the only increase (21.4) over the year.