The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that from first quarter 2022 to first quarter 2023, total employment in the state rose by 6,337 jobs (2.4%) and total payroll increased by $386.8 million (10.7%).
Growth in jobs and payroll was broad-based both geographically and across different industries. Total payroll grew in 21 of the state’s 23 counties and employment grew in 19 counties.
Mining (including oil & gas) added the most jobs (1,259, or 8.0%) of any sector. However, substantial growth was seen in a long list of sectors, such as professional & business services (846 jobs, or 4.3%), local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; 803 jobs, or 1.8%), leisure & hospitality (557 jobs, or 1.6%), construction (533 jobs, or 2.8%), manufacturing (516 jobs, or 5.3%), wholesale trade (350 jobs, or 4.7%), transportation & warehousing (310 jobs, or 3.2%), other services (309 jobs, or 4.6%), and health care & social assistance (291 jobs, or 1.1%). One of the few industries where employment fell was retail trade (-185 jobs, or –0.6%).
Natrona County added 1,459 jobs (4.0%) and its total payroll rose by $64.5 million (13.2%). Mining (including oil & gas) added nearly 400 jobs and substantial growth was reported in transportation & warehousing, real estate & rental & leasing, professional & technical services, wholesale trade, and manufacturing.
Campbell County’s employment grew by 1,124 jobs (4.8%) and its total payroll increased by $60.4 million (16.7%). The largest job growth occurred in mining (including oil & gas; nearly 500 jobs), local government (including public schools & colleges), wholesale trade, health care & social assistance, and construction.
Teton County gained 856 jobs (4.0%) and its total payroll rose by $46.3 million (10.7%). Accommodation & food services added approximately 400 jobs, and large growth was also seen in construction, retail trade, and local government.
Employment in Laramie County rose by 554 jobs (1.2%) and its total payroll grew by $48.9 million (7.9%). Strong job growth occurred in mining (including oil & gas), professional & technical services, accommodation & food services, and manufacturing. Employment fell in retail trade and transportation & warehousing.
Sweetwater County added 540 jobs (2.7%) and its total payroll increased by $56.4 million (18.7%). Solid job growth was seen in manufacturing, construction, and mining (including oil & gas).
Uinta County gained 403 jobs (5.2%) and its total payroll grew by $13.1 million (15.4%). Construction employment rose by approximately 200 jobs and smaller gains were seen in local government and accommodation & food services.
Carbon County lost 116 jobs (-1.9%) and its total payroll fell by $34.4 million (-29.2%). Modest job losses were reported in many different sectors, including mining, accommodation & food services, agriculture, and administrative & waste services.
Visit our website at https://doe.state.wy.us/LMI/23Q1_QCEW/toc.htm for detailed tables for each county.
Employment and wages data for second quarter 2023 are scheduled to be published on November 3, 2023.