TAXABLE SALES REPORTED TO Wyoming’s Department of Revenue and Taxation in June totaled $139.1 million, a jaw-dropping 91 percent increase over the amount reported in June 2020. A one-ish month lag separates actual sales and when taxes are reported by the state, so June’s number generally reflects sales in give or take May.

The growth was so big because the 2020 number was so small — by May 2020, Teton County was deeply in our COVID-related slough of taxable sales despond, so the June 2020 sales figure was lower than any June figure since 2015.

During fiscal year ending in June, all of Teton County’s taxable sales totaled $1.758 billion, 9.7% higher than during the previous 12 months and the county’s all-time record sales figure.

Source: State of Wyoming

LOOKING AT LONGER-TERM TAXABLE sales trends, the graph above shows the 12-month running totals of Teton County’s total taxable sales since the report of June 1998.

The June 2021 number was so strong that the 12-month running total figure is now above where it was a year ago, and actually at an all-time high. In short, the pandemic crushed the local taxable sales economy for about half a year, and in the last half-year it’s come roaring back.

Source: State of Wyoming

RETAIL SALES ARE THE BIGGEST category of Teton County’s total taxable sales. Retail sales reported in June totaled $58.3 million, 54 percent higher than the figure reported in June 2020.

Retail sales reported during the fiscal year ending in June totaled $724.2 million. This is the highest-ever total for retail, and an 18.5 percent increase over the previous 12 months. Sadly for local merchants, the single biggest growth area in retail has been online sales, not sales made in local stores.

Source: State of Wyoming

Editor in Chief Johanna Love has covered the Jackson Hole community as part of the News&Guide staff since 1998. She took the helm of the newsroom in 2017. She fields story tips and kudos as well as criticism and questions.

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