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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.

2022 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

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Welcome to the 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. 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.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming by County of Residence, Industry, and Selected Demographics, 2019-2023

Weekly UI Claims Data Table of Contents

Updated June 1, 2023, for the week ending May 27, 2023.

Wyoming Labor Force Trends

May 2023 (HTML | PDF)

  • Teen Drivers in Wyoming: Trends and Wages
  • New Short-Term Projections Show Continued Job Growth
  • Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 3.7% in March 2023
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, March 2022
  • Current Employment Statistics Graphs
  • State Unemployment Rates (Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Wyoming Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
  • State Unemployment Rates (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Economic Indicators
  • County Unemployment Rates
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Initial Claims
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Continued Claims

Monthly News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 3.5% in April 2023

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.7% in March to 3.5% in April. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was higher than its April 2022 level of 3.2% and slightly higher than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.4%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents rose by 1,376 individuals (0.5%) from March to April as people went back to work.

Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) rose from 279,400 in April 2022 to 285,300 in April 2023, an increase of 5,900 jobs (2.1%). 

News Release

Published May 22, 2023.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims Report, April 2023

Initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in Wyoming fell by 8.1% from April 2022 to April 2023. However, the total number of continued weeks claimed remained 11.3% higher compared to year-ago levels.

There were 1,776 initial claims in April 2023, down from 8.1% from April 2022. Initial claims increased from March to April, which is common due to an increase in leisure & hospitality claims.

The industries with the largest numbers of initial claims included leisure & hospitality; construction; trade, transportation, & utilities; and professional & business services.

The 10,317 total continued weeks claimed in April 2023 marked an increase of 11.3% compared to April 2022. There were 3,795 unique claimants, an 8.4% increase over the year.

The industries with the most continued weeks claimed included construction; leisure & hospitality; trade, transportation, & utilities; andprofessional & business services.

April 2023 UI Claims Report

Published May 19, 2023.

Demographics of Wyoming's Workforce

Wage Records in Wyoming

Demographics and Earnings of Persons Working in Wyoming by County, Industry, Age, & Gender, 2000-2022

Table of Contents

Prepared May 12, 2023.

Growing and Declining Industries

Growing and Declining Industries in Wyoming, 2022Q4

Wyoming had 16 growing industries in 2022Q4, which accounted for 21.9% of all industries and 18.3% of the state's total employment. Growing industries included support activities for mining, professional & technical services; merchant wholesalers, durable goods; construction of buildings; and repair & maintenance. .

There were nine declining industries in 2022Q4, which made up 12.3% of all industries and 4.0% of the state's total employment. Declining industries included heavy & civil engineering construction, petroleum & coal products manufacturing, and pipeline transportation.

Growing and Declining Industries Home | Current Report

Published May 10, 2023.


Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Strong Job Growth in the Mining Sector in Fourth Quarter 2022

From fourth quarter 2021 to fourth quarter 2022, Wyoming added 5,292 jobs (2.0%) and total payroll rose by $58.8 million (1.5%). Despite the recent job growth, employment has not fully returned to pre-pandemic levels. Total employment in fourth quarter 2022 was down approximately 3,600 jobs from fourth quarter 2019.

Quarterly News Release

2022Q4 Employment and Wage Tables

Summary Statistics by Industry, 2001Q1-2022Q4

Published May 5, 2023.

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 February 2023

LAUS Table of Contents

Updated April 17, 2023.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Annual Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for Wyoming, 1997-2022

Wyoming saw a substantial drop in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit recipients and benefit expenses in 2022, as both fell below pre-pandemic levels. The number of benefit recipients dropped to its lowest count since at least 1997, the first year for which comparable data are available.

Annual UI Claims Data

Updated March 29, 2023.


Wyoming Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2022-2024

Wyoming is projected to add nearly 6,000 jobs over the next two years, according to new short-term industry and occupational projections.

2022-2024 Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections home (HTML)

Full publication (PDF)

Revised May 30, 2023.


Wyoming Turnover Data, 1993Q1 to 2022Q2

Selected quarterly turnover tables and figures for Wyoming.

Published February 6, 2023.

STEM Occupations

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations

List of STEM occupations and long-term projections for STEM occupations in Wyoming and the U.S., 2020-2030.

Updated January 6, 2023..


Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Decrease to 27 in 2021

News Release | Tables and Figures | CFOI Main Page

The number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming fell from 35 in 2020 to 27 in 2021 (a decrease of 8 deaths, or 22.9%). Across all industries, more than one-third of 2021 workplace deaths (37.0%) were the result of transportation incidents.

Published December 16, 2021.

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Wyoming’s nonfatal occupational injury and illness incidence rate for all industries in 2021 was 3.1, according to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers.

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



Published December 13, 2022.


Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2021 data updated to the September 2022 ECI Employment Cost Index). See note about wage updating used to calculate estimates.

Wyoming Wage Survey

Published November 2022.


New Labor Market Information Presentations

Research & Planning provides labor market information presentations to government entities, community groups, educators, training providers, and others free of charge. If you would like to discuss a presentation, please contact R&P Research Supervisor Michael Moore at michael.moore@wyo.gov or (307) 473-3814.


Presentation: Inside the 2022 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Presented by Michael Moore, Research Supervisor, of the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, November 2, 2022, Casper, WY

PowerPoint | PDF


Presentation: Labor Market Information for Workforce Centers

Presented by Michael Moore, Research Supervisor, of the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to Wyoming Workforce Center Staff, October 12, 2022, Casper, WY

PowerPoint | PDF


*NEW* Wyoming Long-Term Industry and Occupational Employment Projections, 2020-2030 | HTML

Published July 2022. Revised August 8, 2022.


2022 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Welcome to the 2022 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:

  1. Wyoming's Labor Market Begins Recovery in 2021
  2. Wyoming Shows Employment and Wage Growth in 2021
  3. Wyoming Sees Slight Population Increase from 2020 to 2021
  4. Labor Force, Unemployment Rate Decline in 2021
  5. UI Benefit Recipients, Payments Drop Substantially in 2021
  6. Wyoming Job Openings Set a Record High in 2021
  7. New Research Focuses on Millennials, Older Workers
  8. Wyoming Trails U.S. in Post-Secondary Education Degrees
  9. New Short-Term Projections Show Job Growth for Wyoming
  10. Wyoming Occupations with the Highest and Lowest Wages
  11. Wyoming Employers Add Almost 80,000 New Hires in 2020
  12. New Research Tracks High School Seniors into Post-Secondary Education and the Labor Market
  13. New Report Looks at COVID-19 Effects on Wyo Workforce
  14. Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 35 in 2020
  15. Wyoming’s Nonfatal Occupational Injury and Illness Incidence Rate for 2020
  16. Just the Facts

Published June 29, 2022.

New Hires

Wyoming New Hires Job Skills Survey Results, 2020

In 2020, Wyoming employers added an estimated 79,650 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 June 29, 2022.


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

Table of Contents

Revised May 31, 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.


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.


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.

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)


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.

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)

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.