SHERIDAN — Jobs and wages are on the rise in Sheridan County. The Department of Workforce Services Research and Planning Section released data last week that shows both grew faster than their five-year average in the third quarter of 2013.
Weekly wages in Sheridan County went from $701 in the previous year to $707. The jump represents a 2.1 percent increase. Last month, state economists estimated the inflation rate in northeast Wyoming to be 2.7 percent.
Of the total 13,187 people in Sheridan County’s workforce, the largest employment sector was government. Federal employees averaged $1,199 weekly, state employees, $949 and local government employees got $800. There were 3,000 government employees in the county during the timeframe studied.
The next biggest industry was food service, which employed 1,709 people and paid an average weekly wage of $293. Third largest was the field of retail sales, which employed 1,666 people for an average weekly wage of $536.
In Sheridan County, the highest paying industries were pipeline transportation, which averages $2,088 weekly and employed an average of 29 people during the third quarter of 2013. Next was oil and gas extraction, $1,732 per week, telecommunications at $1,136 and heavy and civil engineering, $1,109.
Along with food service, performing arts and spectator sports were among the lowest paying, with workers earning an average $314 per week. The field of social assistance averaged $394.
Out of 23 counties in the state, Sheridan’s average wages were seventh from the bottom of the list. Despite recent job growth, the state still has 8,450 fewer jobs than it did in the third quarter of 2008.