Wyoming Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.7% in June 2016

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 5.6% in May to 5.7% in June (not a statistically significant change). Wyoming's unemployment rate was significantly higher than its June 2015 level of 4.2% and significantly higher than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 4.9%.

From May to June, unemployment rates rose in 13 counties, fell in eight counties, and were unchanged in two counties. It is not unusual for unemployment to increase in June as the school year ends and young people start looking for jobs. The largest increases occurred in Albany (up from 2.9% to 4.0%), Platte (up from 4.2% to 5.0%), Big Horn (up from 4.7% to 5.3%), and Converse (up from 6.3% to 6.8%) counties. Unemployment rates fell in Teton (down from 4.6% to 2.6%), Sublette (down from 6.1% to 5.7%), and Johnson (down from 5.1% to 4.7%) counties.

From June 2015 to June 2016, unemployment rates increased in almost every county. The largest increases occurred in Campbell (up from 4.2% to 7.8%), Converse (up from 3.9% to 6.8%), Natrona (up from 5.1% to 7.8%), Weston (up from 3.3% to 5.8%), Fremont (up from 5.4% to 7.2%), and Sweetwater (up from 5.1% to 6.8%) counties. Teton County's unemployment rate fell from 2.9% in June 2015 to 2.6% in June 2016.

Campbell and Natrona counties had the highest unemployment rates in June (both 7.8%). They were followed by Fremont (7.2%), Converse (6.8%), and Sweetwater (6.8%) counties. The lowest unemployment rates were found in Teton (2.6%), Niobrara (3.4%), and Goshen (3.7%) counties.

Total nonfarm employment (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 297,200 in June 2015 to 289,600 in June 2016, a decrease of 7,600 jobs (or -2.6%; a statistically significant decrease).

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

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