The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today, May 26th, that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 3.8% in March to 9.2% in April. Given the large number of layoffs and other economic disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase in unemployment was widely expected. Job losses were seen across all areas of the state and in every major industry with the hardest hit sectors being leisure & hospitality, natural resources & mining, and retail trade. Despite the large increase from March to April, Wyoming’s unemployment rate was significantly lower than the current U.S. rate of 14.7%.
While Fremont County saw a significant unemployment rate increase, the counties that hit double-digits include: Teton with 18.3%, Natrona 12.7%, Sublette 11.3%, Sweetwater 10.5%, and Campbell 10.2%. Niobrara County had the lowest unemployment rate, 4.4%.
You can find the full details on the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services website by clicking here.