Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming is ranked third in the country in terms of state residents passing the General Education Development or G-E-D program. The American Council of Education puts Wyoming's passing rate at 91%. Shellie Stewart of Wyoming's Department of Workforce Services says while that's good news, there are nearly 38 thousand Wyoming workers who could benefit from getting their G-E-D. Stewart says it makes economic sense since people with G-E-D's or high school diplomas earn an average of seven thousand dollars more per year than those who don't. Stewart says her agency has joined the national G-E-D "Employer of Choice" program to help employees obtain a G-E-D or high school diploma. Officials say that program could help Wyoming businesses increase employee retention and productivity.