Number of Commuters Skyrockets

Laramie, WY – The number of people who commute to another Wyoming county has doubled in some parts of the state, as compared to just three years ago. That's according to a new study from the Wyoming Workforce Development Council and the Department of workforce services. Doug Leonard is a senior economist with the state who helped analyze the data. He says Converse County has a seen a large increase in the number of people who drive out to neighboring counties for work. "You're seeing an instance where you have a smaller population center, like Converse County, and large amounts of people commuting to larger counties like Campbell and Natrona, where you have large mineral interests and employment is also increasing at a pretty good pace," he said. Leonard says some counties are already using the new data to apply for grants to improve roads and to assess the environmental impact of so much commuting.