Economy

Business
4:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Analysis Shows Wyoming Is Most Mining-Dependent Economy

Credit Energy Information Administration

According to a recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, mining occupied approximately 35 percent of Wyoming’s GDP in 2013, up from around 29 percent in 2003. That makes Wyoming the most mining-dependent state in the country.

The increase comes despite calls from the Wyoming Business Council to diversify the state’s industries.

Wyoming Principal Economist Jim Robinson said that after concentrating on energy for so long, growth in areas outside energy is slow.

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News
4:31 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Economic Outlook For Wyoming Shows Moderate Growth

The June edition of Wyoming Insight, published by the Economic Analysis Division, shows positive growth in a number of areas across the state.  The report tracks economic conditions in Wyoming.

State economist Jim Robinson is the author of the report.  He says the revenue outlook for the state is consistent across both energy and business indexes.

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Casper DDA
6:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Casper business owners to vote on Downtown Development Authority

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Casper business owners will vote on whether to renew a tax on downtown businesses to fund the Downtown Development Authority.

 The Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, is run by several business owners in Casper with the goal of improving the city’s downtown area and attracting customers to businesses.

 City Councilman Bob Hopkins says the DDA provides important services.

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Open Spaces
4:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UW Pharmacy School prepares graduates to be gainfully employed in an unsteady economy

Sarah Pence (’12) graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. Walgreens hired her immediately.
Credit Rebecca Martinez

In this time of job insecurity and a changing medical landscape, the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy Education is graduating dozens of doctoral students who – for the most part – can count on a securing a good-paying job once they get their degree, if not before. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.

(phone rings, “Thank you for calling Walgreens…”)

REBECCA MARTINEZ: Sarah Pence is a pharmacist at Walgreens in Laramie. She says her store fills hundreds of medications on a daily basis, and there’s a lot she loves about her job.

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Raises
6:50 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

UW Trustees request $13M for pay raises

David Bostrom is the President of UW's Board of Trustees

The University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees decided Friday to ask the state for $13.3 million to cover merit-based raises for faculty and staff.


Former University President Tom Buchanan tried unsuccessfully to secure raises in the past, and Board President David Bostrom says UW is now seeing an “exodus” of high-performing employees.

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Rare earth
4:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

WSGS study lists potentially abundant rare earth deposits

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The Wyoming State Geological Survey has released a study showing an abundance of rare earth metals in rock samples from across the state.

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Wyoming Range
3:43 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Sportsmen petition to protect Wyoming Range from oil and gas production

Middle Piney Lake, in the Wyoming Range. Wyoming Peak is shown in the background.
Credit Wikipedia

More than two dozen outdoor advocacy groups wrote the US Forest Service this week, asking it to remove almost 45,000 acres-worth of land in the Wyoming Range from consideration for oil and gas leases.

The organizations, including Trout Unlimited and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, said the land comprises vital habitat for mule deer, moose and cutthroat trout.

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Job Market
4:50 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Wyoming’s job market slows after boom

Wyoming’s economy is slowing down. That’s according to numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

In the second quarter of 2012, job growth was up, especially in the construction sector. Employment increased in 18 Wyoming counties. At almost 1,700 new jobs, Natrona County led the state.

But Department Senior Economist David Bullard says the numbers for the third quarter of 2012 will show a different picture…

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News
6:27 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Poll Shows Most Wyomingites Are Conservationists

A poll conducted by Colorado College reveals that 73% of Wyoming voters think of themselves as conservationists. Program coordinator Brendan Boepple says polled residents also believe that public lands support the state’s economy and that they should not be sold to alleviate deficits.

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Open Spaces
3:57 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Drought, hay shortage mean tough economic times for Wyoming ag industry

The creeks that Orville Johnson’s cows would normally drink from are dry this year.
Willow Belden

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this year’s hay crop will be the worst in decades, because of the drought. Hay is already in short supply, and prices have spiked. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports that the hay shortage is forcing ranchers to make tough choices and could have a lingering economic impact on the state’s ag industry.

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Open Spaces
12:49 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Wyoming’s economy is not all bad

A lot has been said about falling gas prices in the state and how that is hurting the state budget.  But a quick look at the most recent economic numbers shows that the Wyoming economy may be better than you think.  Jim Robinson is a senior economist with Wyoming’s Division of Economic Analysis.  This is the last month of the fiscal year and he tells Bob Beck that things look good.

News
6:41 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Take away natural gas prices and Wyoming's economy looks good

Despite concern about the Wyoming economy, a new report from the state economic analysis division actually shows that things have greatly improved in the last year.  Jim Robinson, a Senior Economist with the division, notes that sales tax numbers are up about 12 percent from a year ago; oil and gas jobs have increased and despite lower than expected gas prices, rig counts are virtually the same as 2011. 

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News
5:18 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

ALEC gives Wyoming high marks

The American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC has given Wyoming high marks for its economic policies.  The state was ranked number one for its economic performance over the last ten years,and ALEC ranks Wyoming as having the forth best economic outlook.  

The group’s Jonathon Williams says some of the reason for this is obviously due to Wyoming’s energy industry.  But he credits the state for having the initiative to utilize itsresourceseffectively.

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News
6:15 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Lubnau Says Wyoming Will Have To Think Globally

The Majority Floor Leader of the Wyoming House of Representatives says that for the first time, lawmakers will need to think about the world around them when they vote on energy issues. 

Gillette Republican Tom Lubnau says that markets are suddenly available for Wyoming energy and technology is a big part of this. 

Lubnau says he was pleased Governor Mead mentioned thinking beyond our borders in his state of the state message, because he believes that needs to be a focus.

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