The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for March 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 fell significantly from 4.7% in February to 4.5% in March. Wyoming's unemployment rate was also significantly lower than its March 2016 level of 5.5%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents increased slightly from February to March, rising by an estimated 1,109 individuals (0.4%).
From February to March, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and decreased slightly. Employment often rises in March, with seasonal job gains in construction, professional & business services, and government. The counties with the largest unemployment rate decreases were Natrona (down from 6.8% to 6.1%), Fremont (down from 6.9% to 6.4%), Sweetwater (down from 5.6% to 5.2%), Converse (down from 5.3% to 4.9%), and Campbell (down from 6.1% to 5.7%).
From March 2016 to March 2017, unemployment rates decreased in 21 counties and were unchanged in Niobrara (3.6%) and Weston (4.8%) counties. The largest decreases occurred in Sublette (down from 8.4% to 5.6%), Fremont (down from 8.3% to 6.4%), Campbell (down from 7.6% to 5.7%), and Converse (down from 6.7% to 4.9%) counties.
Teton County posted the lowest unemployment rate in March (2.7%). It was followed by Goshen (3.0%), Albany (3.0%), and Niobrara (3.6%) counties. The highest unemployment rates were found in Fremont (6.4%), Natrona (6.1%), and Campbell (5.7%) counties.
The estimate of total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 278,300 in March 2016 to 272,000 in March 2017, a decrease of 6,300 jobs (or -2.3%; a statistically significant decrease).
Research & Planning has scheduled the April employment news release for .