Workforce numbers lag as Unemployment drops

Workforce Numbers lag as Unemployment drops
Workforce Numbers lag as Unemployment drops(Valeria Fugate)
Updated: Aug. 31, 2022 at 7:04 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Despite folks celebrating labor day later this week, Wyoming is still dealing with a worker shortage, according to state officials.

We looked at how the workplace and labor force has been changing recently and why state leaders are concerned.

According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, in 2000, workers aged 55 and up accounted for 1 in 10 workers in Wyoming. That number is now one in five.

Since the pandemic, folks have been retiring earlier and in record numbers. Wyoming’s aging population has increased by 76 percent over the last two decades.

After the Pandemic’s “Great Resignation,” millennials have helped re-shaped what work looks like. Through the gig -economy, telework, flexible work weeks and self-employment.

Yet despite unemployment sitting at 3 percent in Wyoming, employers are still looking at ways to attract a younger workforce to fill in increasing gaps.

" Well, I think it may be a little better but I think you’re still seeing the help wanted signs just about everywhere you go, so the employers are still coming to us ...’ How can we find more people?..What can we do? ' And it been pretty rough for them.” said Jeff Schulz, Cheyenne Workforce Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

The Wyoming DWS holds monthly workshops to help folks with resume writing, job searches, interviewing skills and upskilling classes.