CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Tuesday 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% 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 dropped 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%, 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%).