The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.0% from January to February. Wyoming's unemployment rate was slightly lower than its level of 4.3% and significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents was practically unchanged from January to February, rising by an estimated 80 individuals (0.0%). Wyoming's labor force (the sum of employed and unemployed individuals) fell by 1,034 people (-0.3%) from a year earlier.
From January to February, most county unemployment rates changed very little. Unemployment rates fell in Laramie (down from 5.0% to 4.4%), Sheridan (down from 5.6% to 5.1%), Teton (down from 4.3% to 3.9%), and Goshen (down from 3.8% to 3.4%) counties. Unemployment rose in Sublette (up from 5.4% to 5.9%) and Uinta (up from 5.0% to 5.3%) counties.
From February 2014 to February 2015, unemployment rates fell in 17 counties and rose slightly in five counties. Johnson County's unemployment rate was unchanged from a year earlier at 6.0%. The largest decreases occurred in Sheridan (down from 6.0% to 5.1%), Teton (down from 4.6% to 3.9%), Park (down from 6.0% to 5.3%), Laramie (down from 5.1% to 4.4%), and Big Horn (down from 5.7% to 5.0%) counties. Sublette County's unemployment rate rose from 5.0% to 5.9%.
Niobrara County (3.3%) reported the lowest unemployment rate in February. It was followed by Goshen (3.4%), Albany (3.5%), and Converse (3.6%) counties. The highest unemployment rates were found in Lincoln (6.3%), Fremont (6.0%), Johnson (6.0%), and Sublette (5.9%) counties.
Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) rose from 282,500 in to 286,500 in , a gain of 4,000 jobs (1.4%).
Research & Planning has scheduled the March employment news release for .