Rock Springs Benefits from Growth but Feels Pains

Laramie, Wy – There are over six hundred jobs available in Rock Springs right now. The C-E-O of the city's chamber of commerce, Dave Hanks, says most of the jobs are in the service sector, but there's also demand for professionals and people with technical expertise. Hanks says employers are having trouble filling the positions because the unemployment rate is less than two percent and because it's hard to find a place to live in Rock Springs, where even the motel/hotel occupancy rates are the highest in the state.
Hanks says there is approval to build 700 new homes. He says Rock Springs is becoming the regional hub for oil and gas development and he says this is not a boom the prosperity should last.