Wyoming Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4.8% in January 2017

The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for February 2017 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 December to January at 4.8%. Wyoming's unemployment rate was slightly lower than its January 2016 level of 5.1%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents increased slightly from December to January, rising by an estimated 1,309 individuals (0.5%; not a statistically significant change).

From December to January, almost all county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. Unemployment often increases in January because of seasonal job losses in many sectors, including construction; retail trade; transportation, warehousing, & utilities; professional & business services; and government. The largest unemployment rate increases were seen in Park (up from 5.1% to 6.2%), Fremont (up from 6.5% to 7.5%), Johnson (up from 5.5% to 6.5%), and Sheridan (up from 4.6% to 5.6%) counties. Teton County's unemployment rate fell from 3.7% to 2.9%.

From January 2016 to January 2017, unemployment rates fell in 19 counties, rose in three counties and remained unchanged in Converse County (5.8%). The largest decreases occurred in Lincoln (down from 6.2% to 4.8%), Sublette (down from 7.3% to 6.2%), Sheridan (down from 6.5% to 5.6%), Niobrara (down from 4.2% to 3.3%), and Carbon (down from 5.7% to 4.8%) counties.

Teton County (2.9%) posted the lowest unemployment rate in January. It was followed by Niobrara (3.3%), Goshen (3.3%), and Albany (3.4%) counties. The highest unemployment rates were found in Natrona (7.6%), Fremont (7.5%), and Campbell (6.7%) counties.

The estimate of total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 278,300 in January 2016 to 269,000 in January 2017, a decrease of 9,300 jobs (or -3.3%; a statistically significant decrease).

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

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