Wyoming Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.0% in

The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for February 2016 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 increased significantly from 4.7% in January to 5.0% in February. Wyoming's unemployment rate was much higher than its level of 3.8% (a statistically significant increase) and was slightly higher than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 4.9%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents declined from January to February, falling by an estimated 1,953 individuals (-0.7%; a statistically significant decrease).

From January to February, most county unemployment rates changed very little. The largest increases occurred in Washakie (up from 5.3% to 5.7%), Campbell (up from 6.0% to 6.3%), and Carbon (up from 5.3% to 5.5%) counties. The largest declines were reported in Niobrara (down from 4.3% to 3.5%), Teton (down from 3.7% to 3.0%), Sheridan (down from 6.4% to 5.9%), and Laramie (down from 5.0% to 4.5%) counties.

In February 2016, unemployment rates were higher than a year earlier in 21 counties and lower in two counties. The largest over-the-year increases were seen in Natrona (up from 4.2% to 7.2%), Campbell (up from 3.6% to 6.3%), Converse (up from 3.4% to 5.8%), Fremont (up from 5.8% to 8.1%), and Sweetwater (up from 4.5% to 6.0%) counties. Unemployment rates fell in Teton (down from 3.7% to 3.0%) and Albany (down from 3.3% to 3.1%) counties.

The lowest unemployment rates were found in Teton (3.0%), Albany (3.1%), and Niobrara (3.5%) counties. The highest unemployment rates occurred in Fremont (8.1%), Natrona (7.2%), and Johnson (7.0%) counties.

Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) fell from 286,100 in February 2015 to 277,000 in February 2016, a decrease of 9,100 jobs (or -3.2%; a statistically significant decrease).

Research & Planning has scheduled the March employment news release for .

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