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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.