Wyoming Lost 25,000 Jobs Amid Energy Industry Downturn
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lost 25,000 workers between 2014 and 2016 amid an energy industry downturn but has showed some signs of recovery in recent months.
The lost jobs equaled more than 10 percent of total monthly employment at the end of 2016.
Tom Gallagher with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says it's unclear if the recession in the state is over.
The Wyoming Mining Association says the coal industry alone lost 1,000 jobs from 2014 to 2016. Only about 300 people have since returned.
The oil and gas industry is up by 1,700 jobs compared to a year ago.