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Welcome!

Welcome to the Wyoming Labor Market Information website of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Research & Planning section.

Research & Planning (R&P) is an exclusively statistical entity within the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services that collects, analyzes, and publishes timely and accurate labor market information (LMI) meeting established statistical standards.

The goal of our website redesign is to provide Wyoming Labor Market Information in a format that is faster, more user-friendly on all devices and accessible to all. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. You can contact us via e-mail to DWS-RESEARCHPLANNING@wyo.gov, by calling us at (307) 473-3807, or via mail to Research & Planning, PO Box 2760, Casper WY 82602.


Attention Wyoming Labor Force Trends Subscribers

Research & Planning has moved to an all-electronic format for Wyoming Labor Force Trends. If you would like to receive Trends electronically but are not currently doing so, please contact R&P Research Supervisor Michael Moore at michael.moore@wyo.gov or (307) 473-3814.


Projections

Wyoming Long-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2022-2032

Wyoming is projected to add approximately 35,000 new jobs over the next 10 years, according to the newest long-term industry and occupational employment projections.

2022-2032 Long-Term Industry and Occupational Projections home (HTML)

Full publication (PDF)

Published July 10, 2024.

Wyoming Labor Force Trends

June 2024 (HTML | PDF)

  • New Wyoming Residents: Where They Came From and Where They Are Working
  • Wyoming Unemployment Low and Stable at 2.8% in April 2024
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Estimates and Research & Planning’s Internal Estimates, April 2024
  • Current Employment Statistics Graphs
  • State Unemployment Rates (Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Wyoming Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
  • State Unemployment Rates (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
  • Economic Indicators
  • County Unemployment Rates
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Initial Claims
  • Wyoming Normalized Unemployment Insurance Statistics: Continued Claims

NEW! Annual Report

2024 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Welcome to the 2024 edition of the Wyoming Workforce Annual Report, produced by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in partnership with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. This report provides an overview of Wyoming’s economy and workforce. Chapters in this report include:

  1. Continued Growth in Wyoming's Labor Market in 2023
  2. Wyoming Adds More Than 6,300 New Jobs in 2023
  3. Population Growth Strongest in Wyoming's Northern Counties
  4. Labor Force, Employment Reach 7-Year High in 2023
  5. Wyoming UI Claims, Benefits Paid Remain Low in 2023
  6. Wyoming Sees Continued Decline in Resident Workers in 2023
  7. Wyoming Again Trails U.S. in Post-Secondary Degrees in 2022
  8. New Short-Term Projections Show Job Growth for Wyoming
  9. Wyoming New Business Formation in 2021 and 2022
  10. Percentage of Jobs Offered Health Care Insurance Increases
  11. Fewer Teleworkers in Wyoming Compared to Surrounding States
  12. Employment and Wages by Employer Size Class for Private Industries in Wyoming in 2022
  13. Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 34 in 2022
  14. Highlights of the 2022 SOII Survey for Wyoming
  15. Just the Facts

Published June 25, 2024.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming by County of Residence, Industry, and Selected Demographics, 2019-2024


Weekly UI Claims Data Table of Contents

Updated July 5, 2024, for the week ending June 29, 2024.

Monthly News Release

Wyoming Unemployment Rises Slightly to 2.9% in May 2024

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly from 2.8% in April to 2.9% in May. Wyoming’s unemployment rate has remained within the narrow range of 2.8% to 3.0% for 15 months. The U.S. unemployment rate of 4.0% in May was much higher than Wyoming’s rate.

Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates show that total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) rose from 292,300 in May 2023 to 295,200 in May 2024, an increase of 2,900 jobs (1.0%).

News Release

Published June 26, 2024.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Monthly and Annual Civilian Labor Force Estimates for the State of Wyoming


Updated with Monthly Data and Annual Averages for Wyoming, its 23 Counties, and Selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Cities through May 2024


LAUS Table of Contents

Updated June 26, 2024.

QCEW

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages for Wyoming, 2023 Annual Averages


Wyoming's average monthly employment in 2023 was 278,582, an over-the-year increase of 6,362 jobs, or 2.3%. Wyoming had $16.5 billion in total wages, a record high and an over-the-year increase of $1.1 billion, or 7.3%. The state's average annual wage was $59,064, up $2,745 (4.9%) compared to 2022.

Table of Contents


Published June 18, 2024.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims Report, May 2024

Both initial and continued Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims followed their normal seasonal patterns and decreased from April to May. However, initial and continued claims increased compared to May 2023. .

There were 1,155 initial claims in May 2024, an increase of 62 claims (5.7%) over the year. Over the month, initial claims decreased by 469 (-28.9%). The over-the-year increase in initial claims was driven by more claims in mining (40, or 62.5%) and professional & business services (39, or 41.5%).

The total number of continued weeks claimed increased from 7,668 in May 2023 to 8,077 in May 2024 (409, or 5.3%).

The number of unique claimants increased from 2,476 to 2,578 (102, or 4.1%) over the year.

The May 2024 Unemployment Insurance claims report also provides detailed information on initial and continued claims at the industry and county levels.

May 2024 UI Claims Report

Published June 17, 2024.

Demographics of Wyoming's Workforce

Wage Records in Wyoming

Demographics and Earnings of Persons Working in Wyoming by County, Industry, Age, & Gender, 2000-2023


Table of Contents


Published June 10, 2024.

Growing and Declining Industries

Growing and Declining Industries in Wyoming, 2023Q4

Wyoming had four growing industries in 2023Q4, down from 11 growing industries last quarter. These growing industries in 2023Q4 accounted for 4.9% of all industries and 3.6% of the state's total employment. Growing industries included heavy & civil engineering construction and membership associations & organizations.

There were five declining industries in 2023Q4, one less than last quarter. The greatest decline was seen in furniture, home furnishings, electronics, & appliance retailers. Declining industries made up 6.2% of all industries and 1.0% of total employment.

Growing and Declining Industries Home | Current Report

Published May 6, 2024.

QCEW

Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Construction Job Growth Continues in Fourth Quarter 2023

From fourth quarter 2022 to fourth quarter 2023, total employment in the state rose by 4,594 jobs (1.7%) and total payroll increased by $265.8 million (6.6%). The largest job growth occurred in construction, which added 1,548 jobs (7.2%). Total payroll within the construction sector rose by $59.9 million (16.1%). More than half of the job gains in construction (806 jobs) were in power & communication system construction, the industry which includes the construction of wind farms. Oil & gas pipeline construction also saw particularly strong growth (369 jobs, or 19.1%)

Quarterly News Release

2023Q4 Employment and Wage Tables

Summary Statistics by Industry, 2001Q1-2023Q4

New Summary Statistics by County, 2001Q1-2023Q4

Published May 3, 2024.

Projections

Wyoming Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2023-2025

Wyoming is projected to add more than 8,000 jobs over the next two years, according to new short-term industry and occupational projections.

2023-2025 Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections home (HTML)

Full publication (PDF)

Published March 13, 2024.

OEWS

Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) in Wyoming

NEW: Statewide, Regional, County, and MSA Data (estimates for Wyoming wages for May 2022 data updated to the September 2023 ECI Employment Cost Index).

Wyoming Wage Survey

Published March 11, 2024.

Turnover

Wyoming Turnover Data, 1993Q1 to 2023Q1

Selected quarterly turnover tables and figures for Wyoming.

Table of Contents

Published December 21, 2023.

CFOI

Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 34 in 2022

News Release | Tables and Figures | CFOI Main Page

The number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming rose from 27 in 2021 to 34 in 2022 (an increase of seven deaths, or 25.9%). Variations in fatalities from year to year are, to some extent, the result of the random nature of work-related accidents. Furthermore, there is not always a direct relationship between workplace fatalities and workplace safety.

Across all industries, more than half of 2022 workplace deaths (55.9%) were the result of transportation incidents. Transportation incidents include highway crashes, pedestrian vehicular incidents, aircraft incidents, and water vehicle incidents.


Published December 19, 2023.

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Wyoming’s nonfatal occupational injury and illness incidence rate for all industries in 2022 was 3.0, according to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers.

This publication is intended to introduce the reader to the data available for Wyoming from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

 

 

Published December 4, 2023.

Licensed Occupations

2023 Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming

The 2023 Directory of Licensed Occupations in Wyoming, compiled by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, provides detailed information about license requirements and related information for the 98 occupations required to have a license by the state of Wyoming. Forty-five licensing boards oversee the administration and enforcement of these licenses.

Requiring practitioners of some occupations to be licensed results in the assurance that these workers have a minimum level of education and competency, and also generally results in higher wages for workers in those occupations compared to those in many unlicensed occupations.

Published October 2023.

PDF (3.1 MB)

 

 


NEW! Licensed Health Care Occupation Data for Individuals Working in Wyoming, 2023Q1

These tables provide detailed information on licensed individuals working in Wyoming, including employment by region, age, and gender.

Table of Contents (HTML)

Published October 2023.

Benefits

Wyoming Benefits Survey 2022

The Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services conducts the Wyoming Benefits Survey on a quarterly basis. This survey is designed to collect information about the types of benefits Wyoming employers offer their employees.

This publication examines the prevalence of employer-provided benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, and paid leave in Wyoming during first quarter 2022. These benefits are analyzed in several ways: by full- and part-time employment status, employer size class, industry, and by Wyoming substate region.

PDF (3.9 MB)

Published August 2023.

 


Publications

2023 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Welcome to the 2023 edition of the Wyoming Workforce Annual Report, produced by the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in partnership with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. This report provides an overview of Wyoming’s economy and workforce. Chapters in this report include:

  1. Wyoming's Labor Market Shows Growth in 2022
  2. Mining, Leisure & Hospitality Drive Job and Wage Growth in 2022
  3. Lincoln, Sheridan Counties Lead Population Growth in 2022
  4. Labor Force Up, Unemployment Rate Down in 2022
  5. Wyoming Unemployment Claims Drop to Historical Lows in 2022
  6. Wyoming Job Openings Fall Modestly from 2021 Record High
  7. Wyoming Sees Large Increase in Nonresident Workers in 2022
  8. Wyoming Again Trails U.S. in Post- Secondary Degrees in 2021
  9. New Short-Term Projections Show Job Growth for Wyoming
  10. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations in Wyoming
  11. R&P Resumes Benefits Survey After Pandemic-Related Hiatus
  12. New Research Looks at Multiple Jobholders in Wyoming and the U.S.
  13. New Article Examines Trends and Wages of Teen Drivers
  14. Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Decrease to 27 in 2021
  15. Workplace Injuries and Illnesses: Comparing Incidence Rates in Wyoming to the U.S.
  16. Just the Facts

Published June 28, 2023.

Projections

Wyoming Wyoming Long-Term Sub-State Occupational Projections, 2020-2030

 

Sub-state Projections

Published July 13, 2023.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Annual Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for Wyoming, 1997-2022

Wyoming saw a substantial drop in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit recipients and benefit expenses in 2022, as both fell below pre-pandemic levels. The number of benefit recipients dropped to its lowest count since at least 1997, the first year for which comparable data are available.


Annual UI Claims Data

Updated March 29, 2023.

STEM Occupations

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations

List of STEM occupations and long-term projections for STEM occupations in Wyoming and the U.S., 2020-2030.

Updated January 6, 2023..

Presentations

New Labor Market Information Presentations

Research & Planning provides labor market information presentations to government entities, community groups, educators, training providers, and others free of charge. If you would like to discuss a presentation, please contact R&P Research Supervisor Michael Moore at michael.moore@wyo.gov or (307) 473-3814.

 

Presentation: Inside the 2022 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

Presented by Michael Moore, Research Supervisor, of the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, November 2, 2022, Casper, WY

PowerPoint | PDF

 

Presentation: Labor Market Information for Workforce Centers

Presented by Michael Moore, Research Supervisor, of the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to Wyoming Workforce Center Staff, October 12, 2022, Casper, WY

PowerPoint | PDF


New Hires

Wyoming New Hires Job Skills Survey Results, 2020

In 2020, Wyoming employers added an estimated 79,650 new hires: individuals who, during a particular quarter, started working for an employer he or she had not worked for since at least 1992, the first year for which R&P has wage records.

The New Hires Survey allows R&P to collect rich survey detail not previously available, such as occupation, rate of compensation, benefits, important job skills, employer satisfaction with a new hire’s skills, retention, and more. By linking New Hires Survey data to existing administrative databases, such as Unemployment Insurance Wage Records and Wyoming Department of Transportation driver’s license files, R&P is also able to identify new hires characteristics such as age and gender.

Published June 29, 2022.

Current Employment Statistics

Monthly Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector


Updated with Monthly Data and Annual Averages for Wyoming, Laramie County, and Natrona County through 2021


CES Table of Contents

Published April 6, 2022.

Publications

COVID-19 and the Labor Force

How the Global Pandemic Affected Wyoming Workers

Using survey data collected through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey (CPS), this new report from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services looks at how the global pandemic impacted workers in Wyoming and the U.S.

Topics covered in this report include:

  • The number of individuals who were able to work remotely
  • How many people were unable to work
  • Whether employees received pay for hours not worked
  • If the pandemic prevent individuals from looking for work
  • And more


Published March 23, 2022.

Publications

Another Decade Later

Tracking Wyoming's High School Seniors into Post-secondary Education and the Labor Market

A new publication from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services demonstrates R&P's ability to track Wyoming high school seniors into post-secondary education and the labor market.

The senior cohort for the academic year 2006/07 was used as an example throughout the publication. Key findings showed that 10 years after their senior year:

  • 78.7% had attended either college or a university
  • 39.8% earned a post-secondary award (certificate or degree)
  • 49.2% were found working in Wyoming
Published September 29, 2021.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

NEW! Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims by Occupation

Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for Wyoming by Occupation, Educational Requirement, and Gender, 2019-2020

Table of Contents

Published March 26, 2021.

Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes

New from R&P: Postsecondary Education Employment Outcomes Interactive Graphics

New postsecondary education employment outcomes data for graduates of Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming are now available online by clicking here.

For more information on how to navigate these interactive Tableau graphics, please see this article in Wyoming Labor Force Trends.

Published November 9, 2020.

Publications

Wyoming Youth and Populations with Barriers to Employment:

Supporting Tables and Figures for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Performance Report, FY 2019

This report, prepared by the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, serves as supporting documentation for Wyoming’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Annual Report for Program Year 2019. The primary focus of this report is Wyoming youth, which is defined for these purposes as individuals ages 15-24, and other populations with barriers to employment, such as homeless, English language learners, veterans, and others.

WIOA Report (PDF)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Wyoming

 
Published September 29, 2020.

Licensed Occupations

New: Licensed Occupation Dashboards

Includes lookup tools by occupation, printable PDFs for each licensed occupation, links to O*Net detailed descriptions, and comparison of wages for the U.S. and Wyoming.

Wyoming Licensed Occupation Dashboards


Health Care

Wyoming Health Care Occupation Dashboards: 2019 - Selected Statistics for Health Care Occupations in Wyoming (PDF)

Published June 2019.

Related Items

Presentation: Health Care Workforce Needs in Wyoming (PowerPoint)

Presented by Tony Glover, Manager, and Michael Moore, Editor, of the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to the Wyoming Interim Joint Labor, Health, & Social Services Committee, June 13-14, 2019, Cheyenne, WY

Presentation Handout (PDF)


Gender Wage Gap

A Study of the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women in Wyoming: Update 2018

In 2017, the Wyoming joint labor, health, and social services interim and the joint minerals, business, and economic development interim committees requested the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services complete a study on the state’s gender wage gap (House Bill 0209). This report is an update to a similar report published in 2003.

Report: Update 2018 (PDF)

Appendix Materials (PDF)

Addendum (PDF)

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF

House Bill 0209, 2017 (PDF)

2003 Report

 

Published October 5, 2018. Revised December 3, 2018.


Commuting

Wyoming Intercounty Commuting Report, 2018Q1

With Longitudinal County Data from 1992 to 2018

Nearly one in four (22.5%) persons working in Wyoming in 2018Q1 commuted from another county or state.

Published December 2018.