The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.9% in February to 3.7% in March. Wyoming's unemployment rate was slightly lower than the current U.S. rate of 3.8%.
Most county unemployment rates changed very little from February to March. Rates rose in 10 counties, fell in nine counties, and were unchanged in four counties. Crook County's unemployment rate increased from 3.1% to 4.2%, Niobrara County's rate increased from 2.3% to 2.9%, and Washakie County's rate increased from 4.4% to 4.9%. Unemployment rates fell in Park (down from 5.2% to 4.8%), Fremont (down from 5.1% to 4.7%), and Carbon (down from 4.1% to 3.7%) counties.
From March 2018 to March 2019, unemployment rates fell in 20 counties and rose slightly in three counties. The largest decreases were seen in Platte County (down from 4.9% to 3.5%), Fremont County (down from 5.9% to 4.7%), Sheridan County (down from 5.1% to 4.0%), and Converse County (down from 4.1% to 3.0%). Crook County's unemployment rate rose from 3.8% in March 2018 to 4.2% in March 2019.
The lowest unemployment rate in the state was found in Teton County at 2.4%. It was followed by Niobrara County and Albany County, both at 2.9%, and Converse County at 3.0%. The highest rates were reported in Washakie County at 4.9%, Park County at 4.8%, and Fremont County at 4.7%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 278,200 in March 2018 to 283,700 in March 2019, a gain of 5,500 jobs (2.0%).
Research & Planning has scheduled the April employment news release for May 21, 2019.
The complete news release, including tables, is available here.