State Launches Program To Bring Former Residents Back To Work In Wyoming

AP 5-12,2015

Wyoming wants some of its workers back.

Gov. Matt Mead on Monday announced a state program called “Wyoming Grown” that’s intended to lure former state residents to come home.

Wyoming has a population of fewer than 600,000 and young people commonly move out of state. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has dropped from 7 percent to just over 4 percent in the past few years.

Mead says employers tell him they sometimes can’t find workers to fill available jobs.

The Wyoming Grown program uses a website to put expatriate workers in touch with employers. Mead says hiring people who already know Wyoming should help avoid the common situation where a newly recruited worker or their spouse moves to the state only to find they don’t fit in.

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