(Gillette, Wyo.) The unemployment rates have dropped considerably in Wyoming–Campbell County especially–but unfortunately the drops are largely the result of out migration as people leave the state in search of jobs elsewhere.
Preliminary employment figures on first quarter 2016 to first quarter 2017 job trends released today by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show total employment in the state falling drastically.
Wyoming lost 7,400 total jobs in that period, a 2.8 percent drop. However, total payroll increased by $11.3 million or 0.4 percent.
Construction and mining, which includes oil and gas, were the primary industries seeing job losses, accounting together for nearly half the total job losses. Retail and wholesale trade, as well as local government accounted for another 2,000 lost jobs.
The department is expected to release county-level data for the first quarter in November.
In the fourth quarter 2016 to the fourth quarter 2017, Campbell County lost 3,339 jobs, a drop of 12.2 percent. Total payroll decreased by 18.8 percent. Mining and the oil and gas industry lost 1,500 jobs in that period.
However, new unemployment claims have dropped considerably suggesting, while things are off from the boom years, the economy of the state has stabilized.