SHERIDAN — Experts said that Wyoming saw slight payroll and job growth in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce services reported earlier this month that employment in Wyoming rose by 4,426 jobs (1.6 percent) from the fourth quarter in 2013 to the same time period in 2014. The average weekly income for the state of Wyoming increased by $36.
In Sheridan County, approximately 251 jobs were added in the fourth quarter of 2014 increasing the job total by 1.9 percent.
The average weekly wage increased 4.8 percent to $802 per week. Sheridan County saw an increase of 8.4 percent in its total payroll jumping $2.2 million from the same time in 2013.
In the private sector, there was an average of 13,429 jobs in Sheridan County in the fourth quarter. Of those jobs, 9,918 were in the private sector. The retail trade employed the most in the private sector with an average employment of 1,687 jobs, followed by accommodation and food services with an average of 1,511 jobs and health care and social assistance with an average of 1,445.
Government entities employed an average of 3,512 people from October to December of 2014 in Sheridan County.
Around the state, Converse County saw the largest job growth adding 393 jobs (6.3 percent) in the fourth quarter and increasing their payroll by $11.3 million (14.7 percent). Sublette County employment fell by 226 jobs (-4.4 percent) with payroll decreasing by $1.2 million.
Employment rose in 14 counties and fell in nine counties while total payroll increase in 18 counties and decreased in five counties.
Preliminary data on the first quarter of 2015 (January through March) indicate slower job growth from the first quarter of the previous year. While approximately 3,200 jobs were added in the state of Wyoming primarily in the accommodation and food services and retail trade, job losses were seen in mining, state governments and federal governments.
The report on employment and wages data for first quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released Nov. 13.