Underemployment in Sheridan

Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey
Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey

The nationwide underemployment issue is possibly bigger even than unemployment these days when it comes to finding solutions, when looking at the fact that it requires more than someone just going out and getting a job but instead what kind of job they have.

Sheridan's unemployment rate, like Wyoming's, is well-below the national average, but a new study finds numbers on underemployment. The Wadley Donovan Study recently released on the City's website was done to identify targets for Sheridan/Johnson County in terms of economic development. Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey explains one thing that it found.

He said in general terms the kinds of businesses needed to remedy this problem are ones with a “low head count”. For example this does not allow for Sheridan to bring a large department store chain that requires initial hires of a couple hundred people. Mayor Kinskey says they're trying to expand business in Sheridan that address the issue in fields including light manufacturing, internet-based businesses, professional/administrative services, and engineering.

He added that these types of businesses already exist in Sheridan but are not always visible. The Wadley Donovan Study can be viewed online at the city's website: http://www.sheridanwy.net.

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