Wyoming Q4, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 27,052 employers, up 1.9% from 26,538
  • 277,781 employees, up 1.6% from 273,307
  • $1,007 average weekly wage, up 3.0% from $978
  • The average weekly wage is 15.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.7% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 514, which is an increase of 1.9%. The number of employees in Wyoming increased by 4,474, an increase of 1.6%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $29, an increase of 3.0%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 512 or 2.0%. Growth in private businesses in Wyoming grew slower than the national average of 2.5%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 1,932 or 0.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Wyoming was slower than the national average of 1.2%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $38 or 3.9%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Wyoming grew faster than the national average of 3.8%.


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 1.7%. Healthcare (11.6%), which increased by 3.1% and Professional services (11.3%), which increased by 5.0%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Company management1711.1%
Educational services228.2%
Professional services1465.0%
Information184.4%
Healthcare953.1%
Arts and entertainment122.7%
Transport and warehousing272.6%
Manufacturing152.5%
Mining and oil extraction192.0%
Construction581.7%
Finance and insurance201.7%
Waste services261.6%
Accommodation and food services110.6%
Other services10.1%
Wholesale trade00.0%
Real estate and rental-3-0.3%
Agriculture and forestry-2-0.4%
Retail trade-26-1.1%
Utilities-5-3.7%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 11.4% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.4% in the last year. Retail trade (10.4%), decreased by 1.3% and Healthcare (9.3%), increased by 1.5%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Educational services1629.8%
Construction1,5727.2%
Accommodation and food services7632.4%
Real estate and rental952.3%
Transport and warehousing2142.2%
Professional services2062.1%
Arts and entertainment511.9%
Healthcare3901.5%
Manufacturing680.7%
Wholesale trade140.2%
Finance and insurance60.1%
Other services-82-1.1%
Retail trade-404-1.3%
Utilities-35-1.4%
Information-54-1.6%
Company management-18-2.1%
Waste services-227-2.6%
Agriculture and forestry-94-3.4%
Mining and oil extraction-756-3.6%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,108per week compared with the state average of $1,017. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $4 or 0.2%. Mining and oil extraction ($1,857), rose by $82 or 4.6% and Company management ($1,835) declined by $335 or 15.4% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Professional services$16111.4%
Waste services$699.5%
Finance and insurance$1058.2%
Construction$655.7%
Mining and oil extraction$824.6%
Other services$334.3%
Retail trade$213.6%
Healthcare$323.6%
Accommodation and food services$123.0%
Educational services$152.3%
Agriculture and forestry$192.3%
Transport and warehousing$212.0%
Manufacturing$241.8%
Wholesale trade$221.6%
Information$101.1%
Arts and entertainment$40.8%
Utilities$40.2%
Real estate and rental$-13-1.2%
Company management$-335-15.4%


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 4.7% of the businesses in the state (with 1,258 employing 3,197 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 81 more businesses, an increase of 6.9% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (3.8% of businesses) added 21 businesses, an increase of 2.1% and Residential building construction (2.7% of businesses) added 22 businesses, an increase of 3.1% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Other credit intermediation activities375.0%
Computer training266.7%
All other nonmetallic mineral products mfg.266.7%
Men's and boys' clothing merchant wholesalers150.0%
Paint and wallpaper stores847.1%
Other plastics product manufacturing240.0%
Software publishers1137.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled816.9%
Computer systems design and related services4911.8%
Engineering services4116.4%
Support activities for mining314.5%
Temporary help services257.2%
Residential building construction223.1%
Management consulting services227.0%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (3.8% of employees) added 21 employees, an increase of 2.1% and Residential building construction (2.7% ofemployees) added 22 employees, an increase of 3.1% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Electrical equipment manufacturing118103.2%
Other building exterior contractors27696.6%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers2369.3%
Other leather product manufacturing465.1%
Glass and glazing contractors5765.0%
Promoters without facilities764.3%
Social science and humanities research2047.2%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places5292.9%
Oil and gas pipeline construction52916.2%
Electrical and wiring contractors28913.1%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels2782.8%
Other building exterior contractors27696.6%
All other specialty trade contractors22423.4%
Landscaping services20013.8%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Other financial vehicles, paying $3,611 compared with the state average of $1,017. The Other financial vehicles industry paid their employees $200 less per week, a decline of 5.2% in the last year. Securities brokerage ($3,277) and Portfolio management ($3,268) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Securities brokerage ($3,277 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% and Portfolio management ($3,268 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Wineries$11072.4%
Geophysical surveying and mapping services$53469.4%
Other activities related to real estate$95655.7%
Computer systems design and related services$98654.5%
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers$48552.2%
Office administrative services$74646.1%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$98043.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services$98654.5%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$98043.7%
Other activities related to real estate$95655.7%
Office administrative services$74646.1%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$60238.0%
Professional employer organizations$57242.3%
Geophysical surveying and mapping services$53469.4%


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 91.2%. (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%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled1,2586.9%
Restaurants and other eating places1,0362.1%
Residential building construction7303.1%
Support activities for mining7174.5%
Offices of lawyers4731.1%
Computer systems design and related services46411.8%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels4291.4%
Accounting and bookkeeping services4022.3%
Other specialized trucking local3763.6%
Temporary help services3737.2%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places18,3942.9%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels9,7452.8%
Support activities for mining9,680-3.2%
Coal mining5,024-5.2%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters4,475-3.0%
Oil and gas pipeline construction4,06216.2%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores3,919-1.8%
Services for the elderly and disabled3,1976.5%
Offices of physicians3,1220.2%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,8944.0%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Other financial vehicles$3,611-5.2%
Securities brokerage$3,2770.0%
Portfolio management$3,2680.0%
Miscellaneous intermediation$3,2380.0%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$3,22443.7%
Computer systems design and related services$2,79554.5%
Other activities related to real estate$2,67355.7%
Computer training$2,5660.0%
Other technical consulting services$2,56019.3%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories$2,5186.3%




Data Sources




About the Writer

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