Wyoming Employment Sees Growth in Fourth Quarter of 2021 

Wyoming Employment and Payroll Sees Growth in the Fourth Quarter of 2021

Written by on May 9, 2022

From 2020 to 2021, according to a recent report from the Department of Workforce Services, the state added “7,017” jobs, and total payroll increased by “$382.5” million. Even with this job growth, overall employment has “not returned to pre-pandemic levels” the report said. Compared to 2019, total employment was still down some 9,300 jobs in 2021.

The largest growth has occurred in leisure and hospitality, professional & business services, construction, mining, and oil & gas. These areas of the economy are all up by at least 4% going as high as 8% in leisure and hospitality. Modest gains were made in retail, financial services, and manufacturing.

These sectors suffered job losses in Wyoming during the same period: health care & social assistance, state government, local government, and federal government.

Park County added “245” jobs and its total payroll increased by “6.3%” or $9.8 million dollars.

The largest job gains in Park County were in accommodation & food services, which added “158” jobs. Retail, wholesale trade, administrative & waste services, and real estate had upticks—rental & leasing also saw gains. Employment dropped in construction and mining (including oil & gas).

When asked for comment, Senior Economist David Bullard said, “Like the state as a whole, Park County seems to be recovering from the large job losses experienced during the pandemic.”

Teton County increased its total payroll by “$138.3” million and added “1,369” jobs, a 7.3% gain. The biggest job gains took place in accommodation & food services, construction, professional & technical services, and real estate. Modest gains were made in administrative & waste services, retail trade, and educational services.

Laramie County added “1,304” jobs and its total payroll grew by 8.7%, an increase of “$54.5” million dollars. Laramie’s largest growth was in construction, which added approximately 650 jobs.

To view the complete breakdown for each county, visit the Department of Workforce Services website. The Research & Planning arm of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services collects, analyzes, and publishes timely and accurate labor market information based on established statistical standards.

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