The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for April 2017 is now available online.
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell significantly from 4.5% in March to 4.3% in April. Wyoming's unemployment rate was also significantly lower than its April 2016 level of 5.6%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents decreased slightly from March to April, falling by an estimated 509 individuals (-0.2%).
From March to April, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and decreased. Seasonal job gains are often seen in April, as employment grows in construction, retail trade, and professional & business services. The largest unemployment rate decreases occurred in Johnson (down from 5.4% to 4.3%), Park (down from 5.4% to 4.4%), Weston (down from 4.8% to 3.9%), Uinta (down from 5.5% to 4.6%), and Sublette (down from 5.6% to 4.7%) counties. Teton County's unemployment rate rose from 2.8% in March to 4.9% in April as the end of the ski season resulted in job losses.
From April 2016 to April 2017, unemployment rates fell in all of Wyoming's 23 counties. However, labor force also fell in 13 counties, suggesting that some of the people who were unemployed in April 2016 have left the state or dropped out of the labor force. The largest unemployment rate decreases occurred in Sublette (down from 8.1% to 4.7%), Campbell (down from 8.4% to 5.1%), Converse (down from 6.9% to 4.3%), and Natrona (down from 7.8% to 5.5%) counties.
In April 2017, the highest unemployment rates were found in Fremont and Natrona counties (both 5.5%). The lowest rates occurred in Albany (2.6%), Goshen (2.7%), and Niobrara (2.8%) counties.
The estimate of total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 278,200 in April 2016 to 271,800 in April 2017, a decrease of 6,400 jobs (or -2.3%; a statistically significant decrease).
Research & Planning has scheduled the May employment news release for .