Fremont County has highest unemployment rate in Wyoming in June, up .7 points from May

(Casper, Wyo.) – The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly from 3.8% in May to 4.0% in June 2014. The increase was not a statistically significant change). Since March 2014, Wyoming’s unemployment rate has remained within the narrow range of 3.7% to 4.0%. Unemployment in Wyoming was much lower than its June 2013 level of 4.6%, and significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 6.1%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents decreased slightly, falling by an estimated 822 individuals (-0.3%) from May to June.

Fremont County posted the highest unemployment rate in June (5.5%). It was followed by Lincoln (5.1%), Big Horn (5.0%), and Johnson (4.9%) counties. The lowest unemployment rates were found in Teton (3.3%), Sublette (3.3%), Converse (3.4%), and Campbell (3.4%) counties.

Most county unemployment rates increased slightly from May to June. Unemployment sometimes rises in June as the school year ends and youths and other seasonal workers begin searching for work. The largest unemployment rate increases were found in Albany (up from 3.4% to 4.6%), Platte (up from 3.7% to 4.9%), and Weston (up from 3.7% to 4.6%) counties. Teton County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.7% to 3.3% as employers hired workers for the summer tourist season.

From June 2013 to June 2014, unemployment rates fell in 17 counties, were unchanged in three counties and increased in three counties. The largest decreases occurred in Sheridan (down from 5.0% to 4.4%), Campbell (down from 4.0% to 3.4%), and Teton (down from 3.8% to 3.3%) counties.

Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) rose from 299,100 in June 2013 to 301,700 in June 2014, a gain of 2,600 jobs (0.9%).

–Provided by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

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4 Comments

  1. Kat Bohanan

    It is hard to believe that Fremont cty has the highest rate considering maverick closed for the night shift a couple of weeks ago due to lack of staff, arbys is closing early because of lack of staff everyday. How can we be so unemployed when there are obviously jobs out there?

  2. Tami Olsen

    I agree. I see help wanted signs everywhere.

  3. Heather Minnich

    Tami Olsen Go check out the Current Population Survey done by the US Census Bureau that produces these statistics to understand more about how unemployment/employment rates are determined.
    http://www.census.gov/cps/

  4. Heather Minnich

    Tami Olsen Go check out the Current Population Survey done by the US Census Bureau that produces these statistics to understand more about how unemployment/employment rates are determined.
    http://www.census.gov/cps/

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