The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported last week 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%).

Fremont County added 240 jobs (1.6%). Private industry jobs grew by 1.2%, while federal government jobs grew 2.4%. State government positions dropped 3.6%, with local government jobs up 3.1%

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.

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Employment and wages data for second quarter 2023 are scheduled to be published on November 3, 2023.