EVANSTON, Ill. - Manufacturing employment in Wyoming fell 3.8 percent over the past two years, according to the 2011 Manufacturers News Directory.
Wyoming lost 1,317 industrial jobs and 92 manufacturers between September 2008 and September 2010 - the first loss logged for the state after reporting an increase of 10.6 percent between September 2005 and September 2008.
Manufacturers' News reports Wyoming is now home to 1,244 manufacturers employing 32,742 workers.
"Decreased demand has had a negative impact on Wyoming's manufacturing sector," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "But Wyoming's losses are less severe than those seen in most other states due to its plentiful natural resources and favorable business climate."
Bright spots for the state included the announcement that Colorado-based vacuum technologies firm Vacutech will open a facility in Sheridan; the planned expansion of firearms maker A-Square; the expansion of the Jim Bridger Coal Mine in Rock Springs; and Cameco Resources, Inc's planned uranium mining project near Glenrock.
MNI reports oil and gas extraction remains Wyoming's largest industrial sector by employment with 9,744 jobs, virtually unchanged over the two-year period. Coal mining ranks second in the state with 5,903 jobs, up 28 percent over the past twenty-four months, while third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment saw a decline of 6.4 percent, due partially to the closure of Weatherford International's Powell facility. Industrial machinery and equipment currently accounts for 3,699 of Wyoming's industrial jobs.
Most other sectors in Wyoming lost jobs within the past twenty-four months.
Manufacturers' News, Inc., publisher of manufacturers' directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states.