In new projections published today, the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the state will likely lose 2,449 jobs from 2016 to 2018.
These workforce losses are projected to occur in construction, mining (oil & gas included), government, wholesale trade, and retail trade. Some losses could be offset by jobs being added the health care, social assistance, accommodation and food services.
The total decrease is expected to be .9 percent of the state’s workforce. Of the list above, construction and mining make up more than 1,900 of the lost jobs, and this is despite assumptions of “modestly rising energy prices,” the report says.
“Even though the total number of jobs is projected to decline from 2016 to 2018, the need to replace workers who retire, change occupations, or otherwise leave employment will result in a projected 16,150 total job openings over the two–year period,” the report adds.