Wyoming Employment and Payroll: Strong Job Growth in the Mining Sector in Fourth Quarter 2022

5 May 2023


From fourth quarter 2021 to fourth quarter 2022, Wyoming added 5,292 jobs (2.0%) and total payroll rose by $58.8 million (1.5%). Despite the recent job growth, employment has not fully returned to pre-pandemic levels. Total employment in fourth quarter 2022 was down approximately 3,600 jobs from fourth quarter 2019.

In fourth quarter 2022, the largest job gains occurred in mining (including oil & gas; 1,454 jobs, or 9.4%). Substantial growth was also seen in leisure & hospitality (798 jobs, or 2.3%), local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; 733 jobs, or 1.6%), professional & business services (728 jobs, or 3.6%), and manufacturing (509 jobs, or 5.1%). Employment fell in construction (-153 jobs, or –0.7%) and state government (-113 jobs, or –0.9%). Employment rose in 17 counties, fell in five counties, and remained unchanged in Washakie County.


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