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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Research & Planning
246 S. Center St.
PO Box 2760
Casper, WY 82602
(307) 473-3807

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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.

2020 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

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Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Monthly Estimates of Civilian Labor Force, Employment, and Unemployment for:

  • The State of Wyoming
  • 2 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
    • Casper, WY MSA (consists of Natrona County)
    • Cheyenne, WY MSA (consists of Laramie County)
  • All 23 Wyoming Counties (Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta, Washakie, & Weston)
  • All 4 cities over 25,000 population
    • City of Casper
    • City of Cheyenne
    • City of Laramie
    • City of Gillette

Map of Wyoming's 23 counties and 3 largest cities

For the latest estimates of Civilian Labor Force and Unemployment for Wyoming, please see the current news release.

For additional information as well as data for other states, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS homepage.

Revised data from 1975 to 2020 were published May 2021.

Brief Explanation of the LAUS methodology (posted on 05/15/2017)

The statewide unemployment rate is estimated primarily based on the Current Population Survey, which is a household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are approximately 1,100 households in Wyoming in the sample each month. Based on answers to the survey questions, individuals 16 and over are classified as employed, unemployed, or not in the labor force.

The county unemployment rates are estimated independently. One of the largest inputs to the county models is continued claims for unemployment insurance (UI). County unemployment estimates are then forced to match the statewide estimate described above.

For further information on how unemployment rates are estimated, please see https://stats.bls.gov/lau/laumthd.htm.

I. Monthly Civilian Labor Force Estimates for the State of Wyoming, its 23 counties, and the cities of Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, and Laramie (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999

1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

II. Annual Average Civilian Labor Force Estimates for the State of Wyoming and its 23 Counties (Not Seasonally Adjusted)





III. Wyoming Statewide Monthly Time Series (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


IV. Wyoming Statewide Monthly Time Series (Seasonally Adjusted)


V. Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Monthly Time Series (Seasonally Adjusted)

Casper, 1990-2020

Cheyenne, 1990-2020

VI. Figures

Figure 1: Wyoming Labor Force and Employment 1976-2020

Figure 2: Wyoming and U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Rates, 1976-2020

Figure 3: Wyoming's Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate 1976-2020


NOTE: Because of changes in the estimation methodology, there is a break in the data set between 2009 and 2010. Therefore, pre-2010 data are not comparable to data from 2010 to present. Information on methodological changes is available at https://www.bls.gov/lau/lauschanges2015.htm.

NOTE: Because of changes in the estimation methodology, there is a break in the data set between 1999 and 2000. Therefore, pre-2000 data are not comparable to data from 2000 to 2009.

NOTE: Because of changes in the estimation methodology, there is a break in the data set between 1989 and 1990. Therefore, pre-1990 data are not comparable to data from 1990 to 1999.