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Wyoming Economic Indicators


Wyoming's labor force increased 3.3 percent from August 1997 to August 1998. The number of unemployed decreased 6.0 percent over the same time period.


Percent Change
August 1998 (p) July 1998 (r) August 1997 (b) Month Year
Wyoming Total Civilian Labor Force(1) 261,448 263,936 253,028 -0.9 3.3
--Unemployed 9,932 10,601 10,562 -6.3 -6.0
--Employed 251,516 253,335 242,466 -0.7 3.7
Wyoming Unemployment Rate/Seas. Adj. 3.8%/4.6% 4.0%/4.6% 4.2%/5.0% N/A N/A
U.S. Unemployment Rate/Seas. Adj. 4.5%/4.5% 4.7%/4.5% 4.8%/4.9% N/A N/A
Wyoming Mining Hours & Earnings for Production Workers
--Average Weekly Earnings $870.87 $845.39 $802.58 3.0 8.5
--Average Weekly Hours 46.2 45.5 47.1 0.2 -3.1
U.S. Mining Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $748.31 $739.56 $728.69 1.2 2.7
--Average Weekly Hours 44.2 44.1 45.6 0.2 -3.1
Wyoming Manufacturing Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $585.60 $596.41 $606.39 -1.8 -3.4
--Average Weekly Hours 40.0 40.6 41.0 -1.5 -2.4
U.S. Manufacturing Hours & Earnings
--Average Weekly Earnings $561.28 $549.92 $551.88 2.1 1.7
--Average Weekly Hours 41.7 41.1 42.0 1.5 -0.7
Unemployment Insurance
--Weeks Claimed (2) 10,021 10,509 9,646 -4.6 3.9
----Initial Claims (2) 1,050 1,346 1,233 -22.0 -14.8
--Weeks Compensated 6,655 8,067 7,196 -17.5 -7.5
--Benefits Paid $1,141,298.00 $1,390,758.00 $1,188,853.00 -17.9 -4.0
--Average Weekly Benefit Payment $171.49 $172.40 $165.21 -0.5 3.8
--State Insured Covered Jobs (1) 212,608 210,144 208,176 1.2 2.1
--Wyoming Insured Unemployment Rate 0.9% 1.0% 1.0% N/A N/A
Employment Service
--Applications Received 5,520 N/A 5,021 N/A 9.9
--Openings Received 3,732 3,388 3,639 10.2 2.6
--Individuals Placed 1,856 1,786 1,553 3.9 19.5
--Placement Transactions 2,383 1,984 1,963 20.1 21.4
Consumer Price Index (U) for All U.S. Urban Consumers (1982 to 1984 = 100)
--All Items 163.4 163.2 160.8 0.1 1.6
----Food & Beverages 161.4 160.9 158.1 0.3 2.1
----Housing 161.5 161.2 157.6 0.2 2.5
----Apparel 131.6 129.6 130.0 1.5 1.2
----Transportation 141.2 141.8 143.8 -0.4 -1.8
----Medical Care 243.5 242.7 235.2 0.3 3.5
----Recreation (Dec. 1997=100) 101.3 101.1 100.0 0.2 1.3
----Education & Communication (Dec. 1997=100) 100.1 100.0 98.6 0.1 1.5
----Other Goods & Services 238.0 237.8 225.7 0.1 5.4
Producer Prices (1982 to 1984 = 100)
--All Commodities 124.2 124.8 127.2 -0.5 -2.4


(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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