Figure 1: Wyoming New Hires Occupations by Typical Level of Education that Most Workers Need to Enter the Occupation, 2014
The purpose of this article is to explain how New Hires Job Skills Survey data can be used to identify trends in Wyoming’s labor market by understanding employers’ hiring practices: which types of jobs are filled, how much employers pay, benefits they offer, skills employers are seeking, and employers’ reported satisfaction with the skills of new hires.
This article, based on the Wyoming Employer Benefits Survey, examines employer-provided benefits in Wyoming. The data for this report are intended to provide a small example of the data available from this survey. Estimates for these data are calculated for employer class size, industry, and region.
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Research & Planning produced a variety of reports and publications in 2015. Many are available in print, and all may be found online at http://doe.state.wy.us/LMI.
Wyoming’s occupational employment grew from 245,040 in 2004 to 282,680 in 2014, an increase of 37,640 jobs, or 15.4%. During that period, Wyoming’s population grew at approximately the same rate (15.3%), from an estimated 506,529 in 2004 to an estimated 584,153 in 2014.
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from September to October at 4.0%. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was slightly lower than its October 2014 level of 4.3% and significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.0%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents decreased, falling by an estimated 956 individuals (-0.3%) from September to October.