State's economic numbers dropped in 3Q 2020

WYOMING – Wyoming’s employment numbers dropped 7.6 percent and total payroll fell by 8.1 percent in Wyoming during the third quarter of 2020, according to numbers released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’ Research & Planning Section.

The numbers released May 7 showed the biggest drop in leisure and hospitality (6,107 jobs), mining (5,991 jobs), construction (2,637 jobs), local government including public schools and colleges (1,728 jobs) and professional services (1,336 jobs).

In total, Wyoming lost 21,656 jobs and a total payroll amount of $281.3 million.

Employment fell in all but one of Wyoming’s counties. Notably, Teton County lost 15.3 percent of its jobs, dropping its total payroll by 8.3 percent. Natrona County’s employment fell by 8.6 percent and its total payroll decreased by 13.4 percent.

Neighboring Sweetwater County saw a 12.1-percent drop in employment (3,408 jobs) and a 15.3-percent drop in total payroll ($50.1 million).