Worland Area News 11-27-18

Written by on November 27, 2018

Recent data shows Wyoming’s average rate of unemployment remains higher than national numbers. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the U.S. unemployment rate currently sits at 3.7 percent compared to Wyoming’s 4.2 percent.
The state’s gradual climb out of a simultaneous bust in coal and oil and gas has yet to fill the gaps in jobs and state income created by the downturn. But a year and a half of favorable crude prices has shifted job numbers, particularly in areas of the state where activity in the oil and gas fields predominates.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the state recently reached 18,000 total job applications at one point. The influx is caused by producers jockeying for control of drilling and spacing units in Wyoming, where current rules favor first come, first served.
In Washakie County, 25 jobs were gained, bringing the total to 3,601, and the unemployment rate fell to just 3.2 percent in October. Year over year, the counties labor force dropped by 64, but the county retained the same number of jobs compared with October of last year. In Hot Springs County, the unemployment rate dipped to 3.1 percent, while Big Horn County saw a modest three tenths of a percent rise to 3.8 percent unemployment in October.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed and today the world celebrates Giving Tuesday.
With a third of all annual giving taking place in December and the U.S. ranking No. 4 overall in the 2018 World Giving Index, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Charitable States.
To determine where the most generous Americans are inspiring others to be more selfless, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 18 key indicators of charitable behavior. The data set ranges from volunteer rate to share of income donated to share of sheltered homeless.
Wyoming ranks as the 12th most charitable state according to the WalletHub study. Wyoming has the 6th most charities per capita, ranks 6th in percentage of income donated, 17th in population who donated time, 12th in percentage of population that collects and distributes food, 22nd in volunteer rate and 6th in volunteer hours per capita. The full report is available online and has been attached to the online version of this news story at mybighornbasin.com. For the full report, please visit:

Many of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA) are closing to provide protections for wildlife on their winter ranges. The majority of WHMAs close or have restrictions for the winter annually.
Quote, “Seasonal closures are essential for minimizing stress-causing disturbances to wintering deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife. Closures also reduce the human and recreational impacts to the forage, which supports the wintering wildlife.” End quote, said Ray Bredehoft, habitat and access branch chief for Game and Fish.
A full list of WHMA’s and their closure dates is available on the Wyoming Game and Fish website at www.wgfd.gov. The closures are for any human presence, unless otherwise noted.

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