Local Jobs and Payroll in Wyoming in Second Quarter 2015: Total Payroll Falls by $24 Million

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that total unemployment insurance (UI) covered payroll decreased by $24.4 million (-0.8%) in second quarter 2015. Employment fell by 1,483 jobs (-0.5%) and average weekly wage decreased by $2 (-0.2%). The mining sector (including oil & gas) lost 3,184 jobs (-11.8%). In terms of dollars, UI covered payroll represents approximately 91.5% of all wage and salary disbursements and 43.8% of personal income in the state (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2014). Analysts have noted that "minerals related employment is one of the key predictors of sales and use tax revenue" in Wyoming (CREG 2010).

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Employment rose in 10 counties and fell in 13 counties (see Table). Total payroll increased in 10 counties and decreased in 13 counties.

Teton County added 735 jobs (4.0%) and its total payroll rose $14.0 million (7.8%). The largest job gains were in accommodation & food services, retail trade, construction, administrative & waste services, health care & social assistance, and transportation & warehousing.

Laramie County gained 293 jobs (0.6%) and its total payroll increased by $10.6 million (2.2%). Employment grew in construction, retail trade, and accommodation & food services. Job losses were seen in administrative & waste services, health care & social assistance, local government, and manufacturing.

Employment rose by 239 jobs (4.1%) in Lincoln County and its total payroll grew by $4.2 million (6.4%). Sizeable job gains were seen in construction, accommodation & food services, wholesale trade, other services, and agriculture.

Albany County added 227 jobs (1.5%) and its total payroll increased by $2.5 million (1.7%). Employment rose in construction, state government, other services, and manufacturing. Job losses were seen in accommodation & food services and private educational services.

Sweetwater County lost 825 jobs (-3.4%) and its total payroll fell by $20.5 million (-5.7%). The largest job losses were in mining (including oil & gas), construction, manufacturing, and other services. Employment increased in health care & social assistance, retail trade, and accommodation & food services.

Employment in Natrona County fell by 625 jobs (-1.5%) and its total payroll decreased by $7.8 million (-1.5%). Job losses in mining (including oil & gas), other services, construction, and manufacturing were partially offset by job gains in transportation & warehousing, health care & social assistance, and retail trade.

Campbell County lost 591 jobs (-2.1%) and its total payroll fell by $12.9 million (-3.2%). The largest job losses occurred in mining (including oil & gas), construction, professional, scientific, & technical services, and transportation.

Sublette County saw its employment fall by 414 jobs (-8.4%) and its total payroll decreased by $8.4 million (-11.4%). Job losses occurred in mining (including oil & gas), construction, real estate & rental & leasing, accommodation & food services, and professional, scientific, & technical services.

Preview: 3rd Quarter (July - September) 2015 Covered Employment & Wages

According to preliminary data, employment declined in third quarter. Total payroll fell by $81.7 million (-2.5%) and employment decreased by approximately 3,700 jobs (-1.3%) compared to third quarter 2014. The largest job losses occurred in mining (including oil & gas; approximately 4,500 jobs), construction (approximately 1,100 jobs), professional & technical services (approximately 300 jobs), and real estate & rental & leasing (nearly 300 jobs). These job losses were partially offset by job gains in retail trade (approximately 1,000 jobs), local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; approximately 750 jobs), and accommodation & food services (nearly 500 jobs).

Detailed covered employment and wages data for Third Quarter 2015 are scheduled to be released on .

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