WPR News
9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2009

More unemployed workers ask for job help

Laramie, Wyo. – More unemployed workers are asking for help from the state Department of Workforce Services. Director Joan Evans says the Riverton employment office has seen a ten percent increase in foot traffic in recent weeks.

"It really is a variety of factors, you can't really point to one thing," Evans said. "But I think an overall tightening up in the economy is really impacting us here in Wyoming."

Meantime, the Cheyenne employment office has seen a 30 percent increase in the number of people who are asking for help. Evans says, despite layoffs in certain parts of the state, there are still many companies that need workers. She says her department is trying to match laid off workers from one part of the state with unfilled jobs in other parts.