Wyoming Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.3% in September 2016

The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for September 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 fell significantly from 5.5% in August to 5.3% in September. Wyoming's unemployment rate was significantly higher than its September 2015 level of 4.3% and slightly higher than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.0%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents increased, rising by an estimated 1,441 individuals (0.5%) from August to September (not a statistically significant change).

From August to September, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and fell slightly. Hot Springs County's unemployment rate increased marginally from 4.3% to 4.4% and unemployment rates were unchanged in Lincoln (3.8%), Sublette (5.4%), and Teton (2.0%) counties. The largest unemployment rate decreases occurred in Washakie (down from 4.5% to 3.8%), Platte (down from 4.6% to 4.0%), Big Horn (down from 4.4% to 3.9%), and Albany (down from 3.3% to 2.8%) counties.

From September 2015 to September 2016, unemployment rates rose in 20 counties. The largest increases occurred in Campbell (up from 3.5% to 6.6%), Converse (up from 3.2% to 5.6%), Natrona (up from 4.7% to 6.6%), and Weston (up from 2.9% to 4.7%) counties. Teton County's unemployment rate fell from 2.3% to 2.0% and unemployment rates were unchanged in Big Horn (3.9%) and Lincoln (3.8%) counties.

In September 2016, the lowest unemployment rates were found in Teton (2.0%), Albany (2.8%), Niobrara (3.0%), and Goshen (3.0%) counties. Campbell and Natrona counties reported the highest unemployment rates (both 6.6%). They were followed by Fremont (6.4%), Converse (5.6%), and Sweetwater (5.5%) counties.

Total nonfarm employment (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 295,200 in September 2015 to 285,900 in September 2016, a decrease of 9,300 jobs (or -3.2%; a statistically significant decrease).

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

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