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The state released its first quarter report on Tuesday, showing Wyoming is still in the midst of a modest economic recovery.

But the positive news came just a day after two coal mines unexpectedly closed in Campbell County.

Wyoming gained 4,400 jobs in the first quarter of 2019 and saw its unemployment rate drop in line with the national average of 3.9 percent. But a large portion of those job gains have been related to utility construction projects like oil and gas pipelines and wind energy project construction, said Wenlin Liu, Wyoming’s chief economist.

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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!