WPR News
9:04 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Energy Workers Putting In Fewer Hours

Laramie, WY – Energy workers are probably working fewer overtime hours.

State economist Jim Robinson says the number of drilling rigs dropped significantly last November, but the number of people who work on those rigs did not drop as much as expected.

"It may be a safer work environment because instead of having people working double shifts, and two weeks on and one week off, they're kind of getting more back to what the standard should be in the industry," Robinson said.

Robinson says the state's overall economic growth has slowed in the last eight months. Coming off three years of double-digit growth, this fiscal year has seen growth drop to 5.2 percent.