Wyoming Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 26,720 employers, up 2.1% from 26,165
  • 268,035 employees, up 2.0% from 262,787
  • $948 average weekly wage, up 3.7% from $914
  • The average weekly wage is 19.9% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 9.5% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 555, which is an increase of 2.1%. The number of employees in Wyoming increased by 5,248, an increase of 2.0%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $34, an increase of 3.7%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 573 or 2.3%. Growth in private businesses in Wyoming grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 5,229 or 2.7%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Wyoming was faster than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $40 or 4.4%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Wyoming grew faster than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Construction with 12.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 2.5%. Healthcare (11.5%), which decreased by 1.2% and Professional services (11.0%), which increased by 5.5%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information328.2%
Professional services1525.5%
Waste services795.1%
Educational services124.7%
Transport and warehousing454.4%
Mining and oil extraction404.3%
Company management64.0%
Arts and entertainment143.3%
Finance and insurance363.1%
Construction822.5%
Manufacturing142.3%
Accommodation and food services371.9%
Agriculture and forestry40.8%
Other services120.7%
Wholesale trade70.5%
Real estate and rental40.4%
Retail trade-4-0.2%
Healthcare-37-1.2%
Utilities-4-3.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 11.5% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.9% in the last year. Retail trade (10.5%), decreased by 0.4% and Healthcare (9.5%), increased by 0.3%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Construction2,83016.3%
Professional services5175.7%
Manufacturing5175.5%
Wholesale trade3153.9%
Transport and warehousing2452.5%
Educational services352.1%
Accommodation and food services5741.9%
Mining and oil extraction3861.9%
Real estate and rental681.7%
Agriculture and forestry321.3%
Waste services951.3%
Finance and insurance560.8%
Healthcare940.3%
Company management10.2%
Retail trade-112-0.4%
Other services-75-1.1%
Arts and entertainment-59-1.9%
Utilities-107-4.2%
Information-219-6.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,219per week compared with the state average of $947. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $14 or 0.6%. Mining and oil extraction ($1,899), rose by $94 or 5.2% and Utilities ($1,813) increased by $196 or 12.1% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Utilities$19612.1%
Construction$636.8%
Accommodation and food services$235.7%
Real estate and rental$495.4%
Other services$375.3%
Mining and oil extraction$945.2%
Transport and warehousing$494.9%
Professional services$504.5%
Retail trade$193.5%
Information$303.3%
Wholesale trade$383.1%
Arts and entertainment$122.8%
Agriculture and forestry$142.1%
Manufacturing$292.1%
Waste services$91.3%
Healthcare$70.9%
Finance and insurance$110.9%
Educational services$00.0%
Company management$-14-0.6%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Wyoming. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 4.5% of the businesses in the state (with 1,210 employing 3,175 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 39 fewer businesses, a decline of 3.1% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (3.9% of businesses) added 33 businesses, an increase of 3.3% and Residential building construction (2.6% of businesses) added 19 businesses, an increase of 2.8% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Software publishers1894.7%
Business to business electronic markets266.7%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers861.5%
Corn farming150.0%
All other chemical preparation manufacturing250.0%
Internet publishing and web search portals1050.0%
Piece goods merchant wholesalers133.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services4812.8%
Support activities for mining395.8%
Temporary help services3711.6%
Restaurants and other eating places333.3%
Accounting and bookkeeping services308.1%
Management consulting services237.7%
Residential building construction192.8%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (3.9% of employees) added 33 employees, an increase of 3.3% and Residential building construction (2.6% ofemployees) added 19 employees, an increase of 2.8% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Piece goods merchant wholesalers2161.1%
Geophysical surveying and mapping services32124.8%
Sporting and athletic goods manufacturing1398.0%
Power and communication system construction42183.0%
Electrical equipment manufacturing9680.8%
Oil and gas pipeline construction1,54879.3%
Coating engraving and heat treating metals1479.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Oil and gas pipeline construction1,54879.3%
Support activities for mining5045.4%
Power and communication system construction42183.0%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels2802.9%
Restaurants and other eating places2761.6%
Electrical and wiring contractors21910.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled2167.3%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places ($4) and Residential building construction ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Restaurants and other eating places ($4 per week) were paid $33 more per week, an increase of 3.3% and Residential building construction ($3 per week) were paid $19 more per week, an increase of 2.8% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers$1,885226.3%
Junior colleges$42491.8%
Spectator sports$23488.0%
Wineries$5474.0%
Other services related to advertising$14867.9%
Rooming and boarding houses$60662.1%
Lessors of nonresidential buildings$31248.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers$1,885226.3%
Crude petroleum extraction$1,02143.3%
Rooming and boarding houses$60662.1%
Roofing and siding merchant wholesalers$49140.2%
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing$48442.5%
Securities brokerage$47314.3%
Commercial and service industry machinery$43639.3%


Company Size

Wyoming Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Wyoming by far. 63.9% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 24,666 small businesses in the state represent 97.7% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Wyoming added 573 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.3% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 534 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 38 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 7.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 1 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 7.7% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Wyoming Employees by Business Size

Wyoming added 14,134 employees in the last year, an increase of 8.0% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 5,056 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 25.8% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 9,078 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 18.7% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 0 employees in the last year, which is an increase of nan% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Wyoming Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Wyoming workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Wyoming (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 3.4% less than the national average ($972 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Wyoming (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 0.0% workers below the national average ($0 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $137 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $202 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 6.3% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $0 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of nan% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.