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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.

2021 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.

Attention Wyoming Labor Force Trends Subscribers

Research & Planning is considering moving to an all-electronic format for Wyoming Labor Force Trends. If you have input on this matter, or would like to receive Trends electronically but are not currently doing so, please contact R&P Research Supervisor Michael Moore at michael.moore@wyo.gov or (307) 473-3814.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming by County of Residence, Industry, and Selected Demographics, 2019-2022

Weekly UI Claims Data Table of Contents

Updated June 23, 2022, for the week ending June 18, 2022.

Monthly News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 3.2% in May 2022

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly from 3.3% in April to 3.2% in May. Wyoming’s unemployment rate is lower than the current U.S. rate of 3.6%. From April to May, seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents rose by 523 individuals (0.2%) as people returned to work.

Total nonfarm employment increased by 5,300 jobs (1.9%) compared to May 2021.

News Release

Published June 20, 2022.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims Report, May 2022

Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in Wyoming continued to decline from prior-year levels in May 2022. Initial and continued claims declined from year-ago levels by similar rates (-56.6% and -59.6%, respectively).

In May 2022, initial claims decreased from both prior-year and prior-month levels. There were 1,160 initial claims in May 2022, down from 2,675 in May 2021 (-1,515 or -56.6%) and 1,932 in April 2022 (-772, or -44.0%).

The 1,160 initial claims in May 2022 were lower than that 1,241 in May 2019 prior to the pandemic. Initial claims peaked in April 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and have largely trended downward since.

The total number of continued weeks claimed decreased from 19,205 in May 2021 to 7,752 in May 2022 (-11,453, or -59.6%). The number of unique claimants decreased from 6,383 to 2,749 (-3,634, or -56.9%).

Continued claims for May 2022 were 11.8% lower than the 8,785 in May 2019.

May 2022 UI Claims Report

Published June 16, 2022.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Monthly and Annual Civilian Labor Force Estimates for the State of Wyoming

Updated with Monthly Data and Annual Averages for Wyoming, its 23 Counties, and Selected Metropolotian Statistical Areas and Cities through April 2022

LAUS Table of Contents

Revised June 3, 2022.

Wyoming Labor Force Trends

May 2022

  • UI Benefit Recipients, Payments Decrease in 2021
  • New Short-Term Projections Show Job Growth for Wyoming
  • Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 3.4% in March 2022
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, March 2021
  • 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


Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages for Wyoming, 2021 Annual Averages

Table of Contents

Revised May 31, 2022.

Demographics of Wyoming's Workforce

Wage Records in Wyoming

Demographics and Earnings of Persons Working in Wyoming by County, Industry, Age, & Gender, 2000-2021

Table of Contents

Revised May 16, 2022.


Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Job Growth in Fourth Quarter 2021

From fourth quarter 2020 to fourth quarter 2021, Wyoming added 7,017 jobs and total payroll rose by $382.5 million. Despite the recent job growth, employment has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Total employment in fourth quarter 2021 was down approximately 9,300 jobs from fourth quarter 2019.

Quarterly News Release

2021Q4 Employment and Wage Tables

Summary Statistics by Industry, 2001Q1-2021Q4

Published February 3, 2022.

Growing and Declining Industries

Growing and Declining Industries in Wyoming, 2021Q4

Wyoming had 21 growing industries in 2021Q4, which accounted for 25.0% of all industries and 24.6% of the state's total employment. Growing industries included computer & electronic product manufacturing, support activities for mining, management of companies & enterprises, accommodation, and pipeline transportation.

There were also four declining industries in 2021Q4, which made up 4.8% of all industries and 4.1% of the state's total employment. The four declining industries were oil & gas extraction, petroleum & coal products manufacturing, nursing & residential care facilities, and administration of economic programs.

Growing and Declining Industries Home | Current Report

Published April 27, 2022.

Current Employment Statistics

Monthly Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector

Updated with Monthly Data and Annual Averages for Wyoming, Laramie County, and Natrona County through 2021

CES Table of Contents

Published April 6, 2022.


Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2020 data updated to the September 2021 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 April 4, 2022.


Wyoming Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2021-2023

Wyoming is projected to add approximately 9,000 jobs over the next two years, according to new short-term industry and occupational projections.

2021-2023 Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections home (HTML)

Full publication (PDF)

Published April 2022.


COVID-19 and the Labor Force

How the Global Pandemic Affected Wyoming Workers

Using survey data collected through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey (CPS), this new report from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services looks at how the global pandemic impacted workers in Wyoming and the U.S.

Topics covered in this report include:

  • The number of individuals who were able to work remotely
  • How many people were unable to work
  • Whether employees received pay for hours not worked
  • If the pandemic prevent individuals from looking for work
  • And more

Published March 23, 2022.

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 3, 2022.


Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 35 in 2020

News Release | 2020 Tables and Figures | CFOI Main Page

The number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming rose from 32 in 2019 to 35 in 2020 (an increase of three deaths, or 9.4%). Across all industries, more than half of 2020 workplace deaths (57.1%) were the result of transportation incidents.


Published December 16, 2021.


Another Decade Later

Tracking Wyoming's High School Seniors into Post-secondary Education and the Labor Market

A new publication from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services demonstrates R&P's ability to track Wyoming high school seniors into post-secondary education and the labor market.

The senior cohort for the academic year 2006/07 was used as an example throughout the publication. Key findings showed that 10 years after their senior year:

  • 78.7% had attended either college or a university
  • 39.8% earned a post-secondary award (certificate or degree)
  • 49.2% were found working in Wyoming
Published September 29, 2021.


2021 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Welcome to the 2021 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. Chapters in this report include:

  • Wyoming's Labor Market in 2020: Pandemic, Declining Energy Prices Force Historic Job Losses
  • Substantial Job Losses Seen in Mining, Leisure & Hospitality
  • Wyoming Population Grows from 2010 to 2020
  • Unemployment Rate Increases in All Wyoming Counties
  • UI Benefit Recipients, Payments Reach Historic High in 2020
  • Weekly Trends in UI Claims in Wyoming During the Pandemic
  • Identifying Occupations with the Most UI Claims in 2020
  • Number of Persons Working in Wyoming Drops 6.4% in 2020
  • Short-Term Projections Show Job Losses for Wyoming
  • Does Wyoming Reward a Postsecondary Education?
  • Wyoming Employers Add Nearly 100,000 New Hires in 2019
  • Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 32 in 2019
  • Wyoming’s Nonfatal Occupational Injury and Illness Incidence Rate for 2019
  • Just the Facts

Published June 25, 2021.

Licensed Occupations

Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming 2021

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 June 2021.

PDF (2.0 MB)



*NEW* Wyoming Long-Term Sub-State Occupational Projections, 2018-2028 | HTML

Published June 2021.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

NEW! Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims by Occupation

Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for Wyoming by Occupation, Educational Requirement, and Gender, 2019-2020

Table of Contents

Published March 26, 2021.

New Hires

Wyoming New Hires Job Skills Survey Results, 2018

In 2018, Wyoming employers added an estimated 94,074 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 December 2020.


Wyoming Turnover Data, 1993Q1 to 2019Q4

Selected quarterly turnover tables and figures for Wyoming.

Published November 24, 2020.

Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes

New from R&P: Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes Interactive Graphics

New postsecondary education employment outcomes data for graduates of Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming are now available online by clicking here.

For more information on how to navigate these interactive Tableau graphics, please see this article in Wyoming Labor Force Trends.

Published November 9, 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.



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)


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

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:

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.