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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.

2021 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report

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Targeted Employment Areas

Qualifying Targeted Employment Areas for Wyoming



On June 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in Behring Regional Center LLC v. Wolf, 20-cv-09263-JSC, vacated the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Final Rule (PDF). While USCIS considers this decision, we will apply the EB-5 regulations that were in effect before the rule was finalized on Nov. 21, 2019. This returns responsibility for certifying TEAs to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services for the time being. The most current year of data are published below.

Updated August 2, 2021.

On January 1, 2013, Wyoming Governor Matthew Mead designated the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Research and Planning, as the agency to certify Targeted Employment Areas pursuant to the provision of the Immigration Act of 1990 and the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 8, Part 204.6.

To qualify as a Targeted Employment Area, a geographic area must either be:

1. A rural area — this is defined as any county not in a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Cities with populations over 20,000 in non MSA counties are also excluded. The following counties qualify in their entireties by this definition. No cities within these counties have populations over 20,000.

Big Horn Niobrara
Carbon Park
Converse Platte
Crook Sheridan
Fremont Sublette
Goshen Teton
Hot Springs Uinta
Johnson Washakie
Lincoln Weston
Qualifying Targeted Employment Areas for Wyoming, August 2, 2021.


Albany, Campbell, and Sweetwater counties contain cities with a population over 20,000. These counties qualify as rural area outside of the city limits of Laramie, Gillette, and Rock Springs.

2. A high unemployment area — this is defined as a non-rural area that has an unemployment rate 150% higher than the national average. Currently, the qualifying rate is 8.9%; using the Areas of Substantial Unemployment reference period July 2019 – June 2020, the national average unemployment rate was 5.9%. The following census tracts qualify using this definition:

County County FIPS Tract FIPS Unemployment Rate
Albany 001 963500 18.8
Campbell 005 600 10.9
Campbell 005 700 9.0
Laramie 021 1100 11.3
Laramie 021 1502 9.7
Natrona 025 300 9.3
Natrona 025 400 9.0
Natrona 025 1200 13.9
Natrona 025 1401 10.1
Sweetwater 037 970800 9.8
Sweetwater 037 971000 13.8
Sweetwater 037 971200 8.9


Other areas can be calculated upon request.
Prepared by C. Cowan, Research & Planning, WY DWS, 8/2/21.