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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Research & Planning
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PO Box 2760
Casper, WY 82602
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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.

2020 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

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Welcome to the newly redesigned Wyoming Labor Market Information website of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Research & Planning section.

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.

The goal of our website redesign is to provide Wyoming Labor Market Information in a format that is faster, more user-friendly on all devices and accessible to all. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about the redesign and any ideas about ways to improve our website. You can contact us via e-mail to DWS-RESEARCHPLANNING@wyo.gov, by calling us at (307) 473-3807, or via mail to Research & Planning, PO Box 2760, Casper WY 82602.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

NEW! Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming by County of Residence, Industry, and Selected Demographics, 2019-2020

Updated October 19, 2020, for the week ending October 10, 2020.

Weekly UI Claims Data Table of Contents

Unemployment Insurance Claims

September 2020 Unemployment Insurance Claims Report:
Initial Claims Drop for Fifth Consecutive Month

Initial and continued Unemployment Insurance claims in Wyoming continued to decrease from prior-month levels in September 2020. However, initial and continued claims remained substantially higher compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Wyoming had 3,825 initial claims in September, the lowest one-month total since February 2020, prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total number of continued weeks claimed decreased by 22.2%, and the number of total unique claimants fell by 17.3%.

September 2020 UI Claims Report

UI Claims Data Main Page

Published October 20, 2020.

Monthly News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 6.1% in September 2020

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.6% in August to 6.1% in September. Wyoming’s unemployment rate has steadily decreased since its peak of 9.6% in April. It appears that the state’s economy is recovering and individuals are going back to work. Unemployment in Wyoming is much lower than the national average of 7.9%.

See News Release.


August 2020

  • Comparing Wyoming’s Two Metropolitan Areas: Casper and Cheyenne
  • Wyoming Long-Term Employment Projections, 2018-2028
  • Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 7.6% June 2020
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, June 2020
  • State Unemployment Rates (Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Wyoming Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
  • State Unemployment Rates (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Economic Indicators
  • Wyoming County Unemployment Rates
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Initial Claims
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Continued Claims

Earnings Tables

Wage Records in Wyoming

Demographics and Earnings of Persons Working in Wyoming by County, Industry, Age, & Gender, 2000-2019

Table of Contents

Published August 2019.

Growing and Declining Industries

Growing and Declining Industries in Wyoming, 2020Q1

A growing industry is defined as one that shows over-the-year growth in average monthly employment for two consecutive quarters. In 2020Q1, Research & Planning (R&P) identified four growing industries in Wyoming: plastics & rubber products manufacturing, support activities for transportation, couriers & messengers, and nonstore retailers.

A declining industry is one that shows over-the-year decline in average monthly employment for two consecutive quarters. R&P identified 12 declining industries in Wyoming 2020Q1, including food manufacturing, oil & gas extraction, air transportation, and crop production, among others..

Published September 29, 2020.


Wyoming Youth and Populations with Barriers to Employment:

Supporting Tables and Figures for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Performance Report, FY 2019

This report, prepared by the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, serves as supporting documentation for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Report for Program Year 2019. The primary focus of this report is Wyoming youth, which is defined for these purposes as individuals ages 15-24, and other populations with barriers to employment, such as homeless, English language learners, veterans, and others.

WIOA Report (PDF)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Wyoming

Published September 29, 2020.


Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2019 data updated to the March 2020 ECI Employment Cost Index). See note about wage updating used to calculate estimates.

Wyoming Wage Survey

Occupational staffing levels and wage rates for other states and the nation can be found HERE.

Published August 2020.


Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Modest Growth in Fourth Quarter 2019

In recent months, Wyoming’s economy has seen many layoffs and other disruptions related to the coronavirus. This report focuses on employment and wage growth between fourth quarter 2018 and fourth quarter 2019, well before the current disruptions began. It describes Wyoming’s economic situation in fall 2019 and provides detail by industry and county.

From fourth quarter 2018 to fourth quarter 2019, Wyoming added 3,181 jobs (1.2%) and its total payroll increased by $171.0 million (4.9%).

Quarterly News Release

2019Q4 Employment and Wage Tables

Published August 14, 2020.


Wyoming Long-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2018-2028

The newest long-term industry and occupational projections from Research & Planning indicate that Wyoming will add approximately 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years, an increase of about 7%.

2018-2028 Projections Main Page

Published July 2020.


2020 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Welcome to the 2020 edition of the Wyoming Workforce Annual Report, produced by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in partnership with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. This report provides an overview of Wyoming’s economy and workforce. Topics covered in this report include:

  • R&P Publishes Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims Data
  • Construction Drives Wyoming Job Growth in 2019
  • Wyoming Sees Small Population Increase in 2019
  • Wyoming Labor Force Increases in 2019
  • UI Benefit Exhaustion Rate Drops to Historic Low in 2019
  • Increase of Nonresident Workers Continues in 2019
  • Wyoming Projected to Add Nearly 3,000 New Jobs by 2021
  • An Introduction to Colorado-Wyoming Commuting Patterns
  • Wyoming Employers Add More than 90,000 New Hires in 2018
  • Percent of Workers Offered Medical Insurance Continues Decline
  • R&P Offers Licensed Occupation Directory and Dashboards
  • Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 31 in 2018
  • Wyoming’s Nonfatal Occupational Injury and Illness Incidence Rate Essentially Unchanged in 2018
  • Wyoming’s Changing Retail Trade Industry
  • Tracking Coal Miners Into the Labor Force After Job Losses
  • Just the Facts
Published June 29, 2020.


Wyoming Short-Term Occupational Projections, 2019-2021

by: Patrick Manning, Principal Economist, and Michael Moore, Editor

Published March 2020.


Wyoming Benefits Survey 2018

The Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services conducts the Wyoming Benefits Survey on a quarterly basis. This survey is designed to collect information about the types of benefits Wyoming employers offer their employees.

This publication examines the prevalence of employer-provided benefits such as medical insurance, retirement plans, and paid leave in Wyoming during third quarter 2018. These benefits are analyzed in several ways: by full- and part-time employment status, employer size class, industry, and by Wyoming substate region.


Published March 2020.

PDF (2.8 MB)


Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

This publication is intended to introduce the reader to the data available for Wyoming from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Published January 8, 2020.



Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 31 in 2018

News Release | 2018 Tables and Figures | CFOI Main Page

The number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming rose from 20 in 2017 to 31 in 2018 (an increase of 11 deaths, or 55%).


Published December 17, 2019.

Licensed Occupations

New: Licensed Occupation Dashboards

Includes lookup tools by occupation, printable PDFs for each licensed occupation, links to O*Net detailed descriptions, and comparison of wages for the U.S. and Wyoming.

Wyoming Licensed Occupation Dashboards

New Hires

Wyoming New Hires Job Skills Survey Results, 2017

In 2017, Wyoming employers added an estimated 88,561 new hires: individuals who, during a particular quarter, started working for an employer he or she had not worked for since at least 1992, the first year for which R&P has wage records.

The New Hires Survey allows R&P to collect rich survey detail not previously available, such as occupation, rate of compensation, benefits, important job skills, employer satisfaction with a new hire’s skills, retention, and more. By linking New Hires Survey data to existing administrative databases, such as Unemployment Insurance Wage Records and Wyoming Department of Transportation driver’s license files, R&P is also able to identify new hires characteristics such as age and gender.

Published November 2019.

Licensed Occupations

Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2019

The Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2019, compiled by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, provides detailed information about license requirements and related information for the 97 occupations required to have a license by the state of Wyoming. Forty-five licensing boards oversee the administration and enforcement of these licenses.

Requiring practitioners of some occupations to be licensed results in the assurance that these workers have a minimum level of education and competency, and also generally results in higher wages for workers in those occupations compared to those in many unlicensed occupations.

Published September 2019.

PDF (1.4 MB)


Health Care

Wyoming Health Care Occupation Dashboards: 2019 - Selected Statistics for Health Care Occupations in Wyoming (PDF)

Published June 2019.

Related Items

Presentation: Health Care Workforce Needs in Wyoming (PowerPoint)

Presented by Tony Glover, Manager, and Michael Moore, Editor, of the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to the Wyoming Interim Joint Labor, Health, & Social Services Committee, June 13-14, 2019, Cheyenne, WY

Presentation Handout (PDF)


R&P offers new series of Labor Market Information webinar videos

Hosted by Research & Planning Senior Economist Katelynd Faler, the webinars cover a variety of Labor Market Information topics based on questions we've received from the public. Topics include:


Wyoming Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2018-2020

by: Patrick Manning, Principal Economist

Wyoming is projected to add more than 5,000 jobs from 2018 to 2020, according to the most recent short-term projections from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

Published March 7, 2019.

Gender Wage Gap

A Study of the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women in Wyoming: Update 2018

In 2017, the Wyoming joint labor, health, and social services interim and the joint minerals, business, and economic development interim committees requested the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services complete a study on the state’s gender wage gap (House Bill 0209). This report is an update to a similar report published in 2003.

Report: Update 2018 (PDF)

Appendix Materials (PDF)

Addendum (PDF)

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF

House Bill 0209, 2017 (PDF)

2003 Report

Published October 5, 2018. Revised December 3, 2018.


Wyoming Intercounty Commuting Report, 2018Q1

With Longitudinal County Data from 1992 to 2018

Nearly one in four (22.5%) persons working in Wyoming in 2018Q1 commuted from another county or state.

Published December 2018.