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    Fremont County lost 240 jobs between summer 2017 and mid-2018; Total payroll however was up $2.8 million

    Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has remained low for many months and job growth has been steady. This report, which focuses on changes in the number of jobs between second-quarter 2017 and second-quarter 2018, is based on employers’ quarterly unemployment insurance tax filings. It provides details on job growth and decline by industry and county.

    From the second quarter of 2017 to second quarter 2018, employment rose by 2,271 jobs (0.8%) and total payroll increased by $115.6 million (3.7%). Job growth was seen in many different sectors. Mining (including oil & gas) added 1,055 jobs, health care & social assistance added 649 jobs, accommodation & food services added 421 jobs, manufacturing added 388 jobs, transportation & warehousing added 346 jobs, administrative & waste services added 343 jobs, and professional & technical services added 338 jobs. Job losses were seen in local government (including public schools, colleges, & hospitals; -1,016 jobs), state government (-339 jobs), and retail trade (-268 jobs). Employment grew in 15 counties, declined in seven counties, and was unchanged in Washakie County. Total payroll rose in 20 counties and fell in three counties.

    Locally, Fremont County lost 240 jobs (-1.5%), but its total payroll rose by $2.8 million (1.8%). Employment fell in educational services, health care, retail trade, state government, construction, broadcasting and information, arts, entertainment, recreation, and local government (including public schools). Fremont County saw job creation in food service, real estate, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, and fishing and hunting. Crop production dollars rose significantly, however dollars in mining and oil and gas extraction declined.

    From third-quarter 2017 to third-quarter 2018, statewide employment rose by approximately 1,850 jobs (0.7%) and total payroll grew by $154.5 million (5.0%).  The largest job gains occurred in mining (including oil & gas; approximately 900 jobs), construction (approximately 700 jobs), health care & social assistance (approximately 550 jobs), manufacturing (approximately 300 jobs), professional & technical services (approximately 300 jobs), and administrative & waste services (approximately 300 jobs). Job losses were seen in retail trade (approximately 600 jobs), accommodation & food services (approximately 400 jobs), and local government (including public schools, colleges, and hospitals; approximately 250 jobs).

    County-level employment and wages data for third quarter 2018 are scheduled to be released on May 10, 2019.

    You can view the full Fremont County report by clicking here.

    You can view the statewide report, and other Wyoming counties by clicking here. 

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