Copyright 2002 by the Wyoming Department of Employment, Research & Planning


Wyoming Wage Records Summary Statistics Update

by: Sylvia Jones, Statistical and Research Analyst

Based on the numbers for the second quarters of 2000 and 2001, there was a small decrease in total records (jobs) and a very small increase in unique Social Security Numbers (SSNs) over the year (see Table). The number of total records decreased by 0.22 percent while the number of unique SSNs increased by 0.08 percent. This represents a slow-down in the percent increase in both total records and SSNs over the first quarter which had a 0.70 percent increase in records and 0.47 percent increase in SSNs. Total wages rose by 7.05 percent in both the first and second quarters. Unique Unemployment Insurance (UI) accounts decreased by 0.13 percent in the second quarter but increased by 1.72 percent in the first quarter.

Preliminary data for the third quarter of 2000 and 2001 show losses in total records (-6.88%), unique SSNs (-5.51%), and unique UI accounts (-3.94%). Total wages increased by 2.29 percent. We expect these gaps to close and turn to positive values as additional tax forms are processed.

General Definitions

Total Records - Total number of records received for this year and quarter in the latest wage record download.

Total SSNs - Total number of unique individuals found in this quarter.

One Job - Those individuals who had only one job in this quarter.

Two Jobs
- Those individuals who had only two jobs in this quarter.

Three Jobs - Those individuals who had only three jobs in this quarter.

Four or More Jobs - Those individuals who had four or more jobs in this quarter.

Total Wages - The sum of all wages for each category listed under the job rows.

Percent of Total Wages - The percent of the total wages earned by each class of job holder.

Mean Wages Per Quarter - The average total wages per quarter for each category of job. Calculated by dividing the total wages by the count of individuals.

New SSNs This Quarter - The number of Social Security numbers (SSNs) appearing for the first time this quarter.

Total Unique SSNs to Date - A running total of unique individuals to date, beginning in 1992 (the date Wage Records became a statistical program).

Percent Change over Previous Year - The percent change over the previous year and quarter (for example, the percent change from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2001).


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