By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – Nonresident workers are flocking to Wyoming coal mines and gas fields. The jobs pay well, but much of that money is spent across state lines.
Department of Employment researcher Sylvia Jones says 76,000 out-of-state workers filled Wyoming jobs in 2006. In other words, about a quarter of the workforce sent money to states like Colorado or Nebraska, and then skipped out on buying a car or paying property tax in Wyoming.
Jones says the problem is fueled by an aging workforce, an exodus of young people from the state, and a housing crunch that prevents workers from setting down roots in Wyoming.
She says most non-residents only stay here for a few months.