Wyoming Agriculture Jobs Up Slightly

Laramie, WY – There were more people working agricultural jobs last month in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana when compared to 2002. The Wyoming Agricultural Statisics Service says the number of those working on farms and ranches was up ten percent. This comes at a time when nationally, there are a decreasing amount of agricultural jobs. Statistician Kim Faircloth says the number of farms and ranches in the state are holding steady. And she says that usually has a direct correlation to the workforce. However, Faircloth warns the state might see a decline in jobs when new census figures are released next spring. But the increase in jobs also comes with a small drop in hourly wages. The average farm and ranch worker in Wyoming made $7.55/hour last year, compared to $7.17/hour this year.