An Employment Expo is underway today at Central Wyoming College in Riverton (Ernie Over photo)
(Casper, Wyo.) The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in March. It has remained at that level since December 2012. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 7.6 percent. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents was virtually unchanged from February to March (up 30 individuals, or 0.0 percent).
In Fremont County, those looking for work have an excellent opportunity to visit with potential employers at an Employment Expo being held all day today at Central Wyoming College’s Rustler Gym in Riverton. Several dozen employers from retail, government, education, health care, non-profits and more have set up information booths at the event, and many employers are there taking applications.
From February to March, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and fell slightly. The largest decreases were seen in Johnson (down from 7.4 percent to 7.0 percent ), Hot Springs (down from 5.8 percent to 5.4 percent), and Fremont (down from 7.3 percent to 6.9 percent) counties. Unemployment rates increased modestly in Niobrara (up from 4.0 percent to 4.2 percent), Big Horn (up from 6.4 percent to 6.6 percent), Teton (up from 5.7 to 5.8 percent), and Goshen (up from 5.2 percent to 5.3 percent) counties.
Lincoln County posted the highest unemployment rate in March (7.9 percent). It was followed by Johnson (7.0 percent), Fremont (6.9 percent), and Sheridan (6.8 percent) counties. The lowest unemployment rates were found in Sublette (4.0 percent), Converse (4.1 percent), and Niobrara (4.2 percent) counties.
From March 2012 to March 2013, unemployment rates fell in the vast majority of counties. The largest decreases occurred in Lincoln (down from 9.6 percent to 7.9 percent), Carbon (down from 6.7 percent to 5.4 percent), and Laramie (down from 6.9 percent to 5.6 percent) counties. Slight increases in unemployment were seen in Hot Springs (up from 5.0 percent to 5.4 percent) and Sublette (up from 3.9 percent to 4.0 percent) counties.
Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) edged downward from 283,200 jobs in March 2012 to 282,500 jobs in March 2013, a decrease of 700 jobs (-0.2 percent not a statistically significant change).