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Copyright 1998 by the Wyoming Department of Employment, Research & Planning


Wyoming Economic Indicators


Wyoming's labor force has increased 2.3 percent over the year. The number of unemployed has decreased by 21.4 percent over the same period.


Percent Change
April 1998 (p) March 1998 (r) April 1997 (b) Month Year
Wyoming Total Civilian Labor Force(1) 253,679 253,968 248,035 -0.1 2.3
--Unemployed 11,527 13,350 14,666 -13.7 -21.4
--Employed 242,152 240,618 233,369 0.6 3.8
Wyoming Unemployment Rate/Seas. Adj. 4.5%/4.1% 5.3%/4.2% 5.9%/5.5% N/A N/A
U.S. Unemployment Rate/Seas. Adj. 4.1%/4.3% 5.0%/4.7% 4.8%/5.0% N/A N/A
Wyoming Mining Hours & Earnings for Production Workers
--Average Weekly Earnings $857.36 $831.17 $809.74 3.2 5.9
--Average Weekly Hours 44.4 43.7 44.2 1.6 0.5
U.S. Mining Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $742.14 $738.70 $723.86 0.5 2.5
--Average Weekly Hours 43.4 43.3 45.1 0.2 -3.9
Wyoming Manufacturing Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $649.31 $596.69 $573.92 8.8 13.1
--Average Weekly Hours 41.2 40.1 39.8 2.7 3.5
U.S. Manufacturing Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $551.21 $562.12 $547.16 -1.9 0.7
--Average Weekly Hours 40.8 41.7 41.8 -2.2 -2.4
Unemployment Insurance
--Weeks Claimed (2) 18,081 25,865 20,949 -30.1 -13.7
----Initial Claims (2) 1,925 2,045 2,401 -5.9 -19.8
--Weeks Compensated 14,545 20,710 18,969 -29.8 -23.3
--Benefits Paid $2,528,487.00 $3,598,781.00 $3,229,892.00 -29.7 -21.7
--Average Weekly Benefit Payment $173.84 $173.77 $170.27 0.0 2.1
--State Insured Covered Jobs (1) 199,019 197,160 194,841 0.9 2.1
--Wyoming Insured Unemployment Rate 1.9% 2.4% 2.1% N/A N/A
Employment Service
--Applications Received 3,418 3,752 3,570 -8.9 -4.3
--Openings Received 3,028 1,883 2,911 60.8 4.0
--Individuals Placed 1,196 945 1,161 26.6 3.0
--Placement Transactions 1,702 1,351 1,643 26.0 3.6
Consumer Price Index (U) for All U.S. Urban Consumers (1982 to 1984 = 100)
--All Items 162.5 162.2 160.2 0.2 1.4
----Food & Beverages 160.2 160.1 157.1 0.1 2.0
----Housing 159.5 159.2 155.8 0.2 2.4
----Apparel 135.8 134.9 136.1 0.7 -0.2
----Transportation 141.5 141.4 144.8 0.1 -2.3
----Medical Care 240.7 239.8 233.8 0.4 3.0
----Recreation (Dec. 1997=100) 101.1 101.0 99.3 0.1 1.8
----Education & Communication (Dec. 1997=100) 99.9 99.9 97.5 0.0 2.5
----Other Goods & Services 234.7 232.4 222.7 1.0 5.4
Producer Prices (1982 to 1984 = 100)
--All Commodities 124.7 124.5 127.0 0.2 -1.8


(p) Preliminary.
(r) Revised.
(b) Benchmarked.


1 Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program estimates.
2 These figures may differ from those in Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Initial Claims and Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Continued Claims because they are derived from different sources.

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