The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for October 2015 is now available online.
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from September to October at 4.0%. Wyoming's unemployment rate was slightly lower than its October 2014 level of 4.3% and significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.0%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents decreased, falling by an estimated 956 individuals (-0.3%) from September to October.
From September to October, nearly all county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. As fall weather arrives, employment tends to decrease in leisure & hospitality, construction, and professional & business services. The largest unemployment rate increases occurred in Teton (up from 2.2% to 3.7%), Carbon (up from 2.8% to 3.5%), Niobrara (up from 2.3% to 2.8%), Park (up from 3.2% to 3.7%), and Sheridan (up from 3.2% to 3.7%) counties.
From October 2014 to October 2015, unemployment rates fell in 15 counties and rose in eight counties. The largest increases occurred in Natrona (up from 3.8% to 4.7%), Sweetwater (up from 3.8% to 4.4%), Campbell (up from 3.2% to 3.7%), and Converse (up from 2.9% to 3.3%) counties. Large decreases were seen in Teton (down from 4.9% to 3.7%), Lincoln (down from 4.7% to 4.0%), Washakie (down from 3.7% to 3.2%), Laramie (down from 4.0% to 3.5%), and Albany (down from 3.3% to 2.8%) counties.
Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) rose very slightly from 295,800 in October 2014 to 296,300 in October 2015, a gain of 500 jobs (or 0.2%; not a statistically significant change).
Research & Planning has scheduled the November employment news release for .