Natural Gas Development Impacts on Sublette County
Cost of Living
Sublette County 2005 Cost of Living above the rest of Wyoming (Teton County removed.)
Social and Economic Impacts
January 31, 2007
Jeffrey Jacquet, Socioeconomic Analyst for Sublette County, put together a report recently on the social & economic impacts to Sublette County from natural gas development.
The report is a two-page summary of information gathered from many sources including Wyoming workforce estimates, sales & tax use data, Wyoming wage and employment information, Wyoming population estimates, HUD family income information, and communication with local emergency services and tourism industry representatives.
"The “boomtown” influx of jobs and workers into Sublette County has offered big opportunities to local residents but housing shortages and cost of living pressures currently insure that nearly none but the highest-paid workers will permanently relocate to fill the vital jobs needed for a stable economy," Jacquet states in his report.
His studies indicate that traffic accidents, arrests, and library patronage have quadrupled in the last 5 years. Local government and private services are struggling to keep up with demand.
"Perhaps the largest Social and Economic impact to Sublette County is the severe workforce shortages," he reports. "This means big paychecks and range of choice for local workers… Yet, many local businesses struggle to stay open and local governments cannot retain employees..."
His report has information on housing shortages, cost of living, workforce strategies, future challenges, expenditures by local governments and more.
For the complete report, click on this link to a printable PDF: Social & Economic Impacts to Sublette County, Wyoming, from Natural Gas Development (177K, 2 page PDF)
Sublette County Socioeconomics website, www.sublette-se.org