Fremont County HS Football; Zero week scrimmages this week, regular season begins Sept. 4th

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Most of the county teams will have scrimmages this coming Friday before the start of the regular season on September 4th. Notable among the scrimmages is the Friday night practice between Riverton and Worland at Wolverine Field. The inaugural class of the RHS Hall of Fame will be introduced to the crowd at the game that evening, prior to the official ceremony and dinner on Saturday evening at the high school. Read more about the Hall of Fame inductees here.

Average weekly Unemployment Insurance wage in county increased by $31

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that total unemployment insurance (UI) covered payroll increased by $184.4 million (5.5%) in fourth quarter 2014. Employment rose by 4,426 jobs (1.6%) and average weekly wage increased by $36 (3.9%). Job growth and payroll growth both slowed slightly from third to fourth quarter. 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).

Fremont County Unemployment Rate up by three points, highest in the state

(Casper, Wyo.) – The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June at 4.1%. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was slightly lower than its June 2014 level of 4.4% and significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.3%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents increased slightly, rising by an estimated 955 individuals (0.3%) from May to June. This level of over-the-month employment growth is a normal change.

Lander antes up for Airport Revenue Guarantee; County looking at $200k, Riverton already in

(Lander, Wyo.) – The City of Lander last week adopted it’s 2015-16 budget and it includes a significant contribution to the revenue guarantee to attract a new air carrier to Riverton Regional Airport. Some $2.1 million is needed to attract another carrier to the airport. The revenue guarantee, however, would only be used if ticket sales did not approach that number. The state has already committed $1.2 million for the guarantee and other funds are being sought.