CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Another grim economic statistic for Wyoming: For the first time in 21 years, the state lost jobs and statewide payroll shrank from one year to the next.
The Wyoming Department of Employment on Friday released numbers that show the state lost about 3,000 jobs - 1.1 percent of the total - from the first quarter of 2008 to the same period this
year.Fourteen of the state's 23 counties shed jobs, and statewide payroll declined by roughly $36 million.Hardest hit between the first quarters of 2008 and '09 wereCarbon and Lincoln counties, which together lost nearly 1,800 jobs.Many were jobs involving new pipelines and other gas-related construction, Bullard said.
Teton County lost more than 1,100 jobs, including about 500 in
lodging and food service.