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Wyoming Labor Force Trends

August 2023 | Volume 60, No. 8

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Wyoming Again Trails U.S. in Post-Secondary Degrees in 2021

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by: Lisa Knapp, Senior Research Analyst

Note: This article was excerpted from the 2023 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report, available at https://doe.state.wy.us/LMI/annual-report/2023/2023_Annual_Report.pdf.

Although a larger proportion of Wyoming’s population had at least a high school diploma in 2021, a larger percentage of people in the United States as a whole had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Within the state, a larger proportion of women compared to men had both a high school diploma or higher and a bachelor’s degree or higher.

This article uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey, which was the most recent data available at the time of publication. Five-year estimates, which are calculated using sample data from the target year and the four preceding years, were used because they are more accurate for areas with smaller populations, such as Wyoming.

The data in this article refer to all persons age 25 or older.

In 2021, 93.6% of Wyoming residents aged 25 or older had at least a high school diploma or equivalent, compared to 89.4% of those in the United States as a whole (see Figure 1 and Table 1). However, only 29.2% of Wyoming’s population had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 35.0% of those nationally.

Among Wyoming residents, a larger proportion of women had a high school diploma or equivalent (94.5%) than men (92.7%). Similarly, a larger percentage of women had a bachelor’s degree or higher (30.7%) compared to men (27.9%).

A larger proportion of women in Wyoming had an associate’s degree (14.2%) compared to men (10.7%), as well as a bachelor’s degree (20.1% compared to 17.0%). A nearly equal proportion of men (10.8%) and women (10.6%) held graduate or professional degrees.