Studies Show Wyoming Energy Industry on the Rise

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The energy industry is improving, according to a new report from Wyoming’s Economic Analysis division.

Natural resources and mining jobs have grown by over 2,000 jobs compared to last year.

Industries such as manufacturing and finance show little to no growth since last year.

Economist David Bullard told News 13 the oil industry wasn't the only one to see rising job opportunities.

"Education Health Services was up, we've seen that continue to grow even through the downturn and a couple sectors were flat manufacturing and financial activities were unchanged from a year ago but beyond that every other major sector lost jobs compared to a year ago."

Bullard also said a rise in oil rigs plays a part in the energy industries job increase; increasing from eight rigs last year, to twenty-six now.

Government employment numbers are down, which Bullard attributes to possible budget cuts.