Despite Oil Slump, Wyoming Jobs Are Up
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's economy has added jobs over the past year despite a decrease in oil prices.
The Wyoming Economic Analysis Division said the state added about 400 construction jobs between February 2014 and February 2015.
The division also reported that 10 of 14 industries it tracks added jobs in the past year. The state added about 4,400 jobs overall.
But there were losses in the mining industry, which includes oil, natural gas, coal and trona. Those sectors lost 1,200 jobs, a decrease of 4.4 percent.
A principal economist with the state's Economic Analysis Division said laid-off oil and gas employees are staying in Wyoming, with some taking jobs in related industries like construction.