The June 2018 MACRO economic report released this week is the latest sign that Wyoming's economy is continuing to improve, according to a senior state economist.

Jim Robinson said the report includes ten consecutive months of year-over-year job growth. Casper, one of the communities hardest hit by the economic downturn caused by low energy prices in recent years, added 600 jobs between May of 2017 and May of this year.

Statewide employment increased by 3,700 jobs over that same period, with 1,500 of the new jobs coming from the mining sector. Since June was the final month of Fiscal Year 2018, the report also included the final sales and use tax figures for the fiscal year.

They show sales tax collections were up by a whopping $100.1 million dollars or 17.1 percent compared to Fiscal Year 2017. The mining sector was responsible for $41.7 million of that total.