Fremont County had largest decrease in unemployment for the state of Wyoming in May 2019

Department of Workforce Services Research & Planning Section shares the following:

Wyoming Unemployment Falls to 3.5% in May 2019

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The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.6% in April to 3.5% in May. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its year-ago level of 4.0% and slightly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.6%.

Most county unemployment rates changed very little from April to May. Slight increases were seen in Niobrara (up from 2.2% to 2.7%), Albany (up from 2.6% to 3.0%), and Goshen (up from 3.3% to 3.6%) counties. Unemployment fell in Teton (down from 3.8% to 3.0%), Big Horn (down from 4.5% to 4.0%), and Park (down from 3.9% to 3.5%) counties.

From May 2018 to May 2019, unemployment rates fell in 21 counties and rose slightly in two counties. The largest unemployment rate decreases were seen in Fremont (down from 4.8% to 3.8%), Teton (down from 3.8% to 3.0%), Washakie (down from 4.2% to 3.5%), Natrona (down from 4.4% to 3.7%), and Converse (down from 3.5% to 2.8%) counties. Goshen County’s unemployment rate increased from 3.3% to 3.6% and Niobrara County’s unemployment rate increased from 2.4% to 2.7%.

In May, the highest unemployment rates were reported in Big Horn County at 4.0%, Sublette County at 3.9%, and Fremont County at 3.8%. The lowest rates were seen in Niobrara County at 2.7%, Converse County at 2.8%, and Weston and Crook counties, both at 2.9%.

Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 286,500 in May 2018 to 290,800 in May 2019, a gain of 4,300 jobs (1.5%).

Research & Planning has scheduled the June unemployment news release for July 23, 2019.

The complete news release, including tables, is available here.

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