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Job growth suggests recovering economy

Submitted by Newsroom on August 11, 2011 – 12:50 pmNo Comment

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – Things are looking up in Wyoming’s Fremont County, as far as jobs go.

Workforce Director Burl Gies, Riverton

The data released this month from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services shows the county added 497 jobs, which is an increase of 3 percent, and the total payroll rose by $12.2 million. Job gains were seen in the mining and construction sectors, but also in the areas of educational services, health care, social assistance and local government.

But it was Casper’s Natrona County that saw the most job gains in the last quarter of last year with 1,200 and a payroll that grew to $38.9 million. It was the mining industry that added 847 jobs, but 419 jobs were lost in the retail trades.

Sweetwater County was not far behind, with a gain of 1,187 jobs and payroll increase of $31.5 million. Construction employment in the county where Rock Springs and Green River are hubs rose by more than 400 jobs. Growth was also seen in administrative and waste services and local government which includes public schools and colleges.

The biggest job losses for the quarter were seen in Albany and Teton counties. State government and construction lost 200 jobs each in Albany County which includes the state’s university in Laramie. Employment fell by 291 jobs in Teton County where Jackson’s the hub town. But, not surprisingly, 120 jobs were added there in the accommodation and food services sectors.

Looking at the statistics as a whole, they do suggest that the state’s economy is recovering.

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