By: Sarah Elmquist Squires
Managing Editor

Jobs and wages in Fremont County ticked upward from the second quarter of 2021 to the second quarter this year, acording to information released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

Fremont County jobs increased by 232, up 1.5%, from 15,162 to 15,395. Over the same time period, total wages county wide increased by 5.9%, by nearly $10 million, from $167,389,374 to $177,344,838. The average weekly Fremont County salary rose by $37 or 4.3%, from $849 to $886.

The county’s uptick in total jobs at 1.5% lagged the state aveage of 1.9%, as did total payroll; the state’s total payroll jumped 8.3%. However, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says statewide job figures still have not crawled back to pre-pandemic levels — total employment statewide is still 6,300 behind the second quarter in 2019.

Statewide, the largest job growth sector was mining, including oil and gas, which added 1,594 jobs, an 11% increase. Leisure and hospitality grew 4.1%, retail trade climbed 2.8%, professional and business service rose 3.8%, and manufacturing jobs increased by 4.3%.

Overall, Fremont County’s job growth was in the middle of the pack when compared with other Wyoming counties. Carbon County’s job market actually fell by 6.5%, while Teton County’s employment rosters jumped 5.6%. The biggest gains were made in the “unclassified” category, in which the employer is based in Wyoming but is either a statewide employer or operates in more than one county. That class grew by 13.2%.