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SHERIDAN — Wyoming’s mining sector continued to grow in the first quarter of 2018, improving the state’s overall employment and total payroll, but that growth was tempered by a shrinking labor force, according to David Bullard, a senior economist with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Research and Planning Division.

Bullard’s report showed a net-gain of 1,491 jobs between the first quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 — a 0.6 percent increase — and a roughly $133 million increase in total payroll — a 4.4 percent increase — during that same period.

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Upton is located 70 miles east of thirteen open pit coal mines, including the Thunder Basin Coal Mine, the nation's largest. You can arrange to have guided tours to learn more about this critical industry in northeast Wyoming. Upton and Newcastle are on the railroad right-of-way that ships most of the coal to midwestern and eastern markets. There is an average of 75 Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad trains that pass through Weston County daily. This is a train watchers heaven!