Sheridan County was one of only three counties in Wyoming that saw total payroll decrease during the second quarter of 2011, according to a report released this week by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.
Employment rose in 13 counties and fell in nine, staying the same in one county. Sheridan County was one that experienced decreases. David Bullard, Senior Economist with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.
Bullard said that the numbers did not show anything out of the ordinary as the state usually sees construction jobs come and go – where most the jobs lost in Sheridan were.
The report compares 2Q 2010 to 2Q 2011. Sheridan saw a 2.1 percent decrease (274 jobs) in average monthly employment, a .2 percent decrease ($207,895) in total payroll and a $13 or 1.9 percent gain in average weekly wages. For the state, total payroll increased by 4.6 percent ($129.7 million), Employment was up .8 percent (2,227 jobs) and average weekly wages increased by $29 (3.7 percent).
Numbers used in the report are preliminary and data includes employers that operate statewide, not just in one county. Numbers for the third quarter of 2011, July through September, should be released May 4.