Wyoming Adding Jobs and Wage Growth
Written by jordanmckamey on February 19, 2019
Wyoming saw job growth across many sectors according to numbers released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.
From second quarter 2017 to second quarter 2018 — employment rose by 2,271 jobs and total payroll increased by $115.6 million or 3.7 percent. Job growth was seen in many different sectors. Mining — plus oil and gas added 1,055 jobs, health and social assistance added 649 — accommodation and food services added 421 jobs — manufacturing added 388 jobs — transportation and warehousing added 346 jobs — administrative and waste services added 343 jobs and professional and technical services added 338 jobs. There were job losses in local government — state government and retail trade.
Employment grew in 15 counties — declined in 7 counties and remained unchanged in Washakie County. Total payroll rose in 20 counties and fell in only 3 counties. Washakie County saw payroll and weekly wages rise by 2.7 percent. Hot Springs County saw a 4.1 percent decline in average monthly employment — but did see a 5.6 percent bump in average weekly wages. Big Horn County was one of the three counties whose employment and wages fell. Employment by 3.4 percent and total wages by 2.9 percent.