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Wyoming Economic Indicators


Wyoming's labor force has increased 3.1 percent from May 1997 to May 1998. The number of employed has increased 3.9 percent over the same time period.


Percent Change
May 1998 (p) April 1998 (r) May 1997 (b) Month Year
Wyoming Total Civilian Labor Force(1) 254,183 253,656 246,426 0.2 3.1
--Unemployed 10,229 11,545 11,678 -11.4 -12.4
--Employed 243,954 242,111 234,748 0.8 3.9
Wyoming Unemployment Rate/Seas. Adj. 4.0%/4.4% 4.6%/4.1% 4.7%/5.1% N/A N/A
U.S. Unemployment Rate/Seas. Adj. 4.2%/4.3% 4.1%/4.3% 4.7%/4.8% N/A N/A
Wyoming Mining Hours & Earnings for Production Workers
--Average Weekly Earnings $863.50 $859.56 $836.00 0.5 3.3
--Average Weekly Hours 46.3 43.9 47.5 5.5 -2.5
U.S. Mining Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $744.14 $731.67 $733.26 1.7 1.5
--Average Weekly Hours 44.4 43.5 45.8 2.1 -3.1
Wyoming Manufacturing Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $621.08 $647.39 $585.40 -4.1 6.1
--Average Weekly Hours 40.7 41.0 40.4 -0.7 0.7
U.S. Manufacturing Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $560.35 $547.82 $548.05 2.3 2.2
--Average Weekly Hours 41.6 40.7 41.9 2.2 -0.7
Unemployment Insurance
--Weeks Claimed (2) 12,164 18,081 14,462 -32.7 -15.9
----Initial Claims (2) 1,220 1,925 1,559 -36.6 -21.7
--Weeks Compensated 9,605 14,545 11,383 -34.0 -15.6
--Benefits Paid $1,658,839.00 $2,528,487.00 $1,900,626.00 -34.4 -12.7
--Average Weekly Benefit Payment $172.71 $173.84 $166.97 -0.7 3.4
--State Insured Covered Jobs (1) 208,317 199,019 203,411 4.7 2.4
--Wyoming Insured Unemployment Rate 1.7% 1.9% 1.6% N/A N/A
Employment Service
--Applications Received 3,002 3,418 3,109 -12.2 -3.4
--Openings Received 3,264 3,028 2,832 7.8 15.3
--Individuals Placed 1,281 1,196 1,081 7.1 18.5
--Placement Transactions 1,958 1,702 1,738 15.0 12.7
Consumer Price Index (U) for All U.S. Urban Consumers (1982 to 1984 = 100)
--All Items 162.8 162.5 160.1 0.2 1.7
----Food & Beverages 160.7 160.2 157.1 0.3 2.3
----Housing 159.7 159.5 155.9 0.1 2.4
----Apparel 135.3 135.8 135.3 -0.4 0.0
----Transportation 142.0 141.5 144.4 0.4 -1.7
----Medical Care 241.4 240.7 234.2 0.3 3.1
----Recreation (Dec. 1997=100) 101.0 101.1 99.4 -0.1 1.6
----Education & Communication (Dec. 1997=100) 100.1 99.9 97.6 0.2 2.6
----Other Goods & Services 236.7 234.7 223.1 0.9 6.1
Producer Prices (1982 to 1984 = 100)
--All Commodities 124.9 124.7 127.4 0.2 -2.0


(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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