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Wyoming Workforce Services to implement Short-time Compensation

The following is a release from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services CHEYENNE – Several bills passed by the 66th Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Gordon will have an impact on employers and job-seekers alike. The Wyoming…

Governor Gordon Withdraws Wyoming from COVID-era Unemployment Programs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming will end its participation in federal supplemental unemployment benefits in order to address workforce shortages being felt throughout the state. The programs were made available through federal laws initiated in response…

State, County unemployment rates see continued decline

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped for the eighth consecutive month, falling to 4.8% in December. The rate is far below the national average of 6.7%. The latest report from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, released Tuesday, January 26,…

Wyoming Occupational Fatalities Increase to 32 in 2019

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming rose slightly from 31 in 2018 to 32 in 2019 (an increase of one death, or 3.2%). From…

Businesses increasingly desperate for relief

By Nick Reynolds Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — When the year started, Ken Hostetter — the owner of Riverton-based contractor, Earthworks — could typically have anywhere between 15 and 20 people on his staff. This week, there…

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 5.5% in October 2020

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.1% in September to 5.5% in October. Wyoming’s unemployment rate has decreased in each of the past…

13-week extension of unemployment benefits now available

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) announced today that after extensive testing, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is now open to applicants. The PEUC program adds 13 weeks of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to a…

Officials say worst of unemployment may have passed

By Allayana Darrow The Sheridan Press Via- Wyoming News Exchange SHERIDAN — As far as unemployment claims in the state, the worst may have passed, according to Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Robin Cooley. The Wyoming Legislature Joint Labor,…

DWS enlists call center to assist with unemployment claims

CHEYENNE – The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is contracting with 30 additional call center agents in order to reduce the hold times and process the unprecedented number of Unemployment Insurance claims the agency has been receiving. The phone number to…

As business halts, workers brace for unemployment

By Morgan Hughes Casper Star-Tribune Via- Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — The phones at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services office have been ringing off the hook. Busy signals and hour wait times greet callers, even as 37 agency employees…