Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Mining Association says there was an 11 percent increase in mining jobs between 2003 and 2005. And a spokesperson for the company Arch Coal, Greg Schaeffer, says his company has just expanded, even reopening a mine. Schaeffer says for the most part they have been able to find enough workers. Though they've struggled finding electricians, mechanics and welders, but he notes that's something all companies in Wyoming face.
Schaeffer says Arch Coal employs over a thousand people in Wyoming. He says one barrier to bringing more workers to the state is a lack of housing, especially in Gillette.