The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for April 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 rose slightly from 5.5% in April to 5.6% in May (not a statistically significant change). Wyoming's unemployment rate was significantly higher than its May 2015 level of 4.2% and significantly higher than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7%.
From April to May, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and decreased. Warmer weather in May usually brings job gains in many sectors, such as construction, retail trade, professional & business services, and leisure & hospitality. The largest unemployment rate decreases occurred in Teton (down from 6.4% to 4.6%), Sublette (down from 7.2% to 6.1%), Johnson (down from 6.0% to 5.1%), and Park (down from 5.1% to 4.3%) counties.
From May 2015 to May 2016, unemployment rates rose in nearly every county. Teton County was the exception; its unemployment rate fell from 4.7% to 4.6%. The largest unemployment rate increases were seen in Campbell (up from 3.8% to 8.0%), Natrona (up from 4.8% to 7.5%), Converse (up from 3.7% to 6.3%), Weston (up from 3.4% to 5.8%), and Fremont (up from 5.2% to 7.2%) counties.
Albany County had the lowest unemployment rate (2.9%) in May. It was followed by Niobrara (3.1%), Goshen (3.5%), and Laramie (4.0%) counties. The highest rates were reported in Campbell (8.0%), Natrona (7.5%), and Fremont (7.2%) counties.
Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) fell from 292,200 in May 2015 to 282,700 in May 2016, a decrease of 9,500 jobs (or -3.3%; a statistically significant decrease).
Research & Planning has scheduled the June employment news release for .