Evidence from the New Hires Survey: Education and Opportunity in Wyoming’s Labor Market

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.

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Wyoming Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4.0% in October 2015

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.

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December 2015, Vol. 52 No. 12

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