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Research & Planning
444 W. Collins Dr.
Suite 3100
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 473-3807

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"Labor Market Information (LMI) is an applied science; it is the systematic collection and analysis of data which describes and predicts the relationship between labor demand and supply." The States' Labor Market Information Review, ICESA, 1995, p. 7.

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About Research & Planning

Who We Are

Research & Planning (R&P) is an exclusively statistical entity within the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services that collects, analyzes, and publishes timely and accurate labor market information (LMI) meeting established statistical standards.

Labor market information is “an applied science; it is the systematic collection and analysis of data which describes and predicts the relationship between labor demand and supply.”
— The States’ Labor Market Information Review, ICESA, 1995, p. 7.

Staff consists of 15 full-time researchers, most holding graduate degrees, with backgrounds in economics, demography, sociology, psychology, statistics, and geology. R&P also has two editors with backgrounds in journalism and two administrative support staff.

How We Are Funded

What We Do

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Unemployment rate (household survey and administrative records)
  • Wyoming Wage Survey (survey of 1,200 firms)
  • Unemployment Insurance payroll (administrative records)
  • Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (survey of 2,700 firms)
  • Monthly employment estimates
  • Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

U.S. Employment & Training Administration

  • Workforce Information Database
  • Industry and occupational projections
  • Develop relevant economic analysis
  • Post information to Internet
  • Partner and consult with Workforce Investment Board and others

Unemployment Insurance (UI), Benefits Survey, Employment Support Fund, & Other

  • Benefits Survey (2,380 firms)
  • New Hires Survey
  • Research

Selected Publications and Products

  • Wyoming Labor Force Trends
  • Monthly Unemployment Insurance claims reports
  • Wyoming Workforce Annual Report
  • A Study of the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women in Wyoming: Update 2018 (published October 2018)
  • Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2017 (published September 2017)
  • Health Care Workforce Needs in Wyoming: Update 2017 (published June 2017)
  • Monthly and quarterly news releases
  • Presentations and webinars
  • How We Do It

      Research Methods
    • Survey Research
    • Content Analysis & Text Mining
    • Quasi-Experimental Design
    • Evaluation
    • Focus Group & Structured Interview
    • Feasibility Analysis
    • Linked Administrative Databases
    • Cost Benefits
    • Input-Output Analysis Geospatial
    • Socio-economic
      Statistical Methods
    • Descriptive Analysis
    • Regression Analysis
    • Factor Analysis
    • Analysis of Variance
    • Means Test

    Formal Partnerships Through Memoranda of Understanding

      Education — Student Labor Market Outcomes
    • Wyoming Community College Commission
    • Wyoming Community College Commission, Adult Basic Education
    • Northern Wyoming Community College District
    • Wyoming Department of Education 684 Fall Staffing and Enrollment
    • Professional Teaching Standards Board
      Wyoming State Healthcare Boards — Health Care Workforce Demand
    • Board of Nursing
    • Board of Occupational Therapy
    • Board of Nursing Home Administrators
    • Board of Physical Therapy
    • Board of Psychology
    • Board of Respiratory Care
    • Board of Embalming
    • Board of Chiropractic Examiners
    • Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • Board of Hearing Aid Specialists
    • Board of Dental Examiners
    • Board of Examiners in Optometry
    • Board of Medicine
    • Board of Pharmacy
    • Board of Registration in Podiatry
    • Board of Radiologic Technologist Examiners
    • Mental Health Professions Licensing Board
      Administrative Data from Other State Research Offices — Reciprocal Labor Market Analysis
    • Alaska
    • Colorado
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • New Mexico
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • South Dakota
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • The Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Wyoming Department of Health
    • Wyoming Department of Transportation
    • UI Tax and Worker’s Comp
    • Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles
    • Vocational Rehabilitation

    Selected Customers & Partners

    • Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services
    • Manufacturing-Works
    • Legislative and Executive branches of Wyoming State Government
    • Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships
    • Wyoming hospitals
    • Wyoming Workforce Development Council
    • Students
    • Employers
    • Jobseekers
    • Media

    Contact Us

    Research & Planning
    Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
    P.O. Box 2760
    Casper, WY 82602-2760
    Phone: 307-473-3807

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    State Statistical Entities

    Principles and Practices for a State Statistical Entity

    PDF document (573KB) Adapted from Principles and Practices
    for a Federal Statistical Agency
    , (3rd Ed.)

    Labor Market Information is used in policy making, planning, program administration, and as a direct consumer service. It is the collection and analysis of data involving labor supply and demand.

    To access LMI brochure (PDF) click here.
    • Labor Supply encompasses all the information regarding individuals in the workforce; including skills and educational characteristics of the employed and unemployed, barriers to employment and unemployment rates.
    • Labor Demand pertains to information regarding employers; including prevailing wages and benefits, current job vacancy levels, occupations and skills of the employed and unfulfilled skill needs of employers.