Wyoming's 563,000 citizens have a
tradition that's fitting of cowboys, miners and park rangers with lots of land
to roam in the country's second least densely populated state. The state has
most of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Its industry is buoyed by
mineral extraction including coal and sodium bicarbonate, along with oil,
natural gas and recreation.
The unemployment rate fell from a recession high over 7 percent to 5.3 percent
March 2012. Most job growth sectors demonstrated appreciative year-to-year gains
except for the leisure and hospitality and education and health sectors. The
manufacturing sector stabilized. Sectors showing the biggest growth were
professional and business services, mining and other services.
The states largest employers are the University of Wyoming followed by F.E. Warren
Air Force Base, the state government and local schools. Major private employers
include coal miner Rio Tinto Energy America, Powder River Coal Co., Arch Coal,
Inc., Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Wyoming Medical Center.
Interested job seekers should access the state occupational projections Wyoming Occupational Projections. Projecting through 2021,
jobs with expected openings through 2013 include teachers at all levels,
registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, and jobs in many
areas of mining, gas and oil extraction (Tip: the report is a
big PDF file, so give it a moment to load).
Additional information can be found regarding Wyoming's economy and
key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Wyoming Economy.