Payrolls Rise Nearly 15% Across Wyoming

Casper, WY – Payrolls in Wyoming increased by nearly 15
percent in the third quarter last year compared to the third quarter 2005. The Wyoming Department of Employment says payrolls were on the rise just about everywhere in Wyoming. Broken down, payrolls in Natrona County were up over 12 percent. Sweetwater County was up about ten-and-a-half percent, while Campbell was up nine percent. Carbon County's payrolls increased well over 12 percent, and Sublette County led the state with 14-percent payroll growth. State economist David Bullard says a shortage of workers is both boosting wages and causing people to work more hours each week. He says job growth increased four-point-four percent while average weekly wages increased ten percent.