The Gloomy, Gloomy state of Economic
Affairs in Sublette County and Wyoming
this chart? All the lines are going down. Don't read the captions,
us when we tell you that must be bad. There are even multiple
colors in this graphic showing several things at once and they
all are trending down (mostly).
another graph showing the crash in Wyoming. There's a little
boink in the end, but it's still way below that high from a year
graph showing that big drop over the past year.
pinpoints the culprits.
Down, up, down, up, dowwwwwn, upppity up and see now we're in a down again.
let's switch to the sad state of affairs about grizzly bears
The map below shows all the areas in Yellowstone National Park
and northwest Wyoming that don't have yellow dots showing grizzly
bears. Why are they bunching up like that? Something needs to
be done to spread those yellow dots around that map so it looks
more even. We have a long ways to go to achieve diversity in
the Equality State.
a reader just sent in a picture today of a bear that has found
its way into the
American Legion Park in Pinedale and was lounging around enjoying
the nice sunny spring weather, so we know we can move at least
dots over on the map down to Pinedale. We're proud of our reputation
as being very friendly and welcoming to all our 4-legged friends.
wolf map below doesn't have colorful yellow dots like the
griz map, but does
a little bit better job of spreading the peas around the
plate to get those circles more evenly spread around the map.
There needs to be some unbunching done to encourage those dots
out of the mountains
the flatlands a little bit more, but this is a great start.
It's good to see some of those dots over in Washington and
work definitely needs to be done to either add more dots
or spread these out more in the region.
a map with color for wolves! Without commenting on color
choice (purple is not a primary color, people), we can
see that the left half of this chart doesn't have uppy
columns like the right half does. Where is the equality
in this display? We're trying to even things out so we
don't have these devastating highs and lows. And why weren't
those bar colors for the states put in alphabetical order,
I then M then W?
closer to home, data in the most recent reports state
that Sublette County is producing less than 50% of
the state's natural gas. Our gas fields were touted
as being a big deal, and now our trillion cubic feet
production numbers only have 1's in them? We should
be doing much better than that, but sad to say it's
a sign of the times with The Bust we're in now.
graphs below show the decline. Government
never likes to see that tax line go down. Time
to tighten the belt for sure.
County bit the bullet with a stern fiscal mentality and implemented
a 10% across-the-board cut in expenditures in 2014.
They did their best to make ends meet with their $207 million dollar
total County budget. Balancing keeping up with paving the County’s
deteriorating roads with a R&B budget of only $21.4 million,
they were cognizant of the hard economic times and voted to only
assess the tax rate in the County at 12 mills to at least get $41
million dollars in new tax revenue into the dwindling County coffers.
Their cash reserves are spiraling down to $10 million dollars
for cash flow for County government operations.
is the proof in green and white that some of the companies
operating in Sublette
County are definitely not paying their fair share out in
the gas patch. We always get suspicious when the percent
don't add up to 100%. Who isn't being reported in this list???
graphic below is much better, the Percent column adds up to
100%. But the Assessed
Value column has obviously been rounded off to a whole number
when the Percent column goes out to two decimal places. Inconsistency
like this in data reporting leaves the public with a rumbly
in the tumbly that something is being missed here in the AV
column. And again, the Property Class column isn't alphabetized
the dwindling County revenues, the County Commissioners were
only able to squirrel away $9 million dollars into the County
reserve accounts in the new budget, barely moving the needle upping
the total County reserve of $144 million dollars. Back in 2008,
the County reserve accounts hardly held $50 million for rainy day
peanuts. Managers were only able to give County personnel a 3%
salary increase in 2014. The County Courthouse building and office
renovations that were completed ten years ago are sadly outdated
and managers are in a planning process now to bring them up to
down even further, here are the statistics for Pinedale. This
less than $30 million budget is down from 2011’s $34
million and the $39 million budget the year prior. According
the year with $21.4 million in cash on hand and anticipated
gaining only about $5 million in new revenue for their general
fund, a fraction of what the County was able to nest egg for
days. We commend the government officials who were able to
single dollar assuring us they are scrutinizing every penny.
let's look at the dismal picture for employment in Sublette
County, Wyoming. This text block
says it all. Citizens in Sublette County have seen a significant
drop in their per capita personal income with The Bust, and the
US Dept of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis can also peg
this data down to the last single dollar and tenth of a percentage
point. In these hard times, the numbers have to be watched
very, very carefully.
graph below has a lot of lines on it to try and follow and
no colors to make
more eye appealing, but it crams a lot of important data into
it to show a stagnant period, then an Up and now a Down. If
look really close, you can see they've creatively used circles
and squares for dots in the lines and there are even three shades
of grays in the lines to maximize the graphic data display.
Pinedale Online Job Board had an average of only 15-25
job listings on any given day in 2014-2015 for desperate
people to pick through to find gainful employment in the area.
High school students and non-skilled laborers desperate for
a job, any job, understand that lower-paying, unskilled service
jobs are stepping stones to pay the bills until better paying
jobs can be found. Desperate unemployed young workers, and
those struggling to get off unemployment, snapped up these
job choices that remained on the Job Board sometimes for
housekeeping, retail sales clerk, counter clerk, waitressing,
and deli job openings. The desperation of these employees
and of the employment sitation as a whole in the county,
was painfully clear as employer after
called us to say they had a turnover and tell that next
hungry person on the long job waiting list to call or come
over for an interview. The streets of Pinedale were like
a ghost town with only 27,000
Visitor Center in Pinedale in 2014 who might be enticed to stay
overnight in a motel room or spend a few pennies in a local
downtown shop, or dine at one of the local eateries.
graphic below gets to the heart of the matter of where
Wyoming is at for business friendliness and
why we have the "blues" right now with our current
economy. No cheery orange in Wyoming. Even Washington DC
colorful orange fill color and are rated #45 out of
50. And sunny California, the Golden State (which kind of
matches its color on the map!!) beat out the feds in Washington
by 3, ranking 48. This map definitely is strong graphic
support demonstrating the impact of tax climate change for
Wyoming and across the
more Doom and Gloom in stark black and white that illustrates
why Sublette County is feeling the full impact now of
The Bust. We're surrounded by other counties that have
and filled their color blocks with depressing black.
No hope here when the people around us on three sides
are throwing in the towel and giving up with solid dark
fill colors. At least Sweetwater County is willing
to go with
to see what this map would look like if the data was
Seasonally Adjusted, and the percentages were taken out
to two decimal points instead of just one. With
all this bad news, it's no wonder they didn't use color
the story for where we're at with The Bust, explaining our
bleak down-turn economy in Sublette County and Wyoming right
anyone with a crystal ball that gives hope that the
end of the tunnel isn't a train. The good thing these graphics
do show is that with downs there appear to eventually always
be ups, and we just need to weather this storm until the
out again and we can bring out the Big Box with 96 colors
to make graphics with bright cheery colors again. Until then...