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More workers commuting to Wyoming

Nov 27, 2013 - The Associated Press

Laramie and Teton counties saw the greatest influx of out-of-state workers.

CHEYENNE -- More people are commuting to Wyoming for their jobs, while fewer residents of the state are leaving when they go to work, federal data shows.

Between 2006 and 2010, more than 13,500 people drove or flew into Wyoming to work, according to the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

That's about 4.7 percent of the total workforce, up from 2.9 percent in 2000.

The survey also said state residents are now less likely to work outside the state. Only about 2.2 percent worked outside Wyoming between 2006 and 2010, compared to 3 percent in 2000.

Laramie and Teton counties saw the greatest influx of out-of-state workers. Laramie County drew about 2,400, mostly from Larimer and Weld counties in Colorado. Teton County attracted about 2,200 out-of-staters, mainly from Idaho.

Laramie County also topped the list of Wyoming counties where residents commute out of state, with about 1,300 people heading to Colorado and Nebraska. Sheridan County ranked second, with about 700 commuters going mainly to Montana.

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