From third quarter 2021 to third quarter 2022, Wyoming added 5,955 jobs (2.2%) and total payroll rose by $396.7 million (11.3%). Despite the recent job growth, employment has not fully returned to pre-pandemic levels. Total employment in third quarter 2022 was down approximately 6,500 jobs from third quarter 2019.
In third quarter 2022, the largest job growth occurred in mining (including oil & gas; 1,574 jobs, or 10.5%), leisure & hospitality (1,232 jobs, or 3.0%), professional & business services (838 jobs, or 4.1%), retail trade (721 jobs, or 2.4%), and local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; 584 jobs, or 1.4%). Job losses were seen in state government (-283 jobs, or –2.3%), construction (-212 jobs, or -0.9%), and agriculture (-70 jobs, or –2.3%). Employment rose in 17 of Wyoming’s 23 counties.
Teton County added 1,581 jobs (6.6%) and its total payroll rose by $37.5 million (9.9%). Leisure & hospitality gained nearly 800 jobs, and smaller job gains were seen in construction, retail trade, local government, professional & business services, and financial activities.
Natrona County gained 1,437 jobs (3.9%) and its total payroll increased by $70.4 million (14.8%). Robust job gains occurred in mining (including oil & gas; 485 jobs). Notable increases were also seen in wholesale trade, financial activities, manufacturing, professional & business services, and transportation & warehousing.
Employment in Campbell County rose by 1,292 jobs (5.6%) and its total payroll rose by $59.2 million (17.7%). Mining (including oil & gas) added more than 650 jobs. Solid job growth also occurred in wholesale trade, construction, professional & business services, health care & social assistance, leisure & hospitality, and retail trade.
Sweetwater County added 672 jobs (3.4%) and its total payroll grew by $39.5 million (13.6%). Employment in the construction sector increased by more than 450 jobs and smaller job gains were seen in manufacturing, retail trade, and transportation & warehousing.
Sheridan County added 382 jobs (2.8%) and its total payroll grew by $22.1 million (13.5%). Employment rose in construction, professional & business services, local government, manufacturing, and financial activities.
Employment in Albany County rose by 342 jobs (2.1%) and its total payroll increased by $16.5 million (8.9%). Modest job gains were seen in many sectors, including health care & social assistance, private educational services, retail trade, leisure & hospitality, transportation & warehousing, and financial activities.
Carbon County lost 627 jobs (-8.5%) and its total payroll fell by $4.3 million (-4.5%). The construction sector accounted for a large part of the overall job losses. Employment also decreased in federal, state, and local government.
Employment in Laramie County fell by 442 jobs (-0.9%), but its total payroll grew by $39.0 million (6.2%). Large job losses in construction and transportation & warehousing more than offset job gains in wholesale trade, retail trade, manufacturing, and professional & business services.
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Employment and wages data for fourth quarter 2022 are scheduled to be published on May 5, 2023.