Wyoming Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly to 4.0% in July

The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for July 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 rose very slightly from 3.9% in June to 4.0% in July (not a statistically significant change). Wyoming's unemployment rate was significantly lower than its July 2016 level of 5.4%. From July 2016 to July 2017, Wyoming's labor force decreased by an estimated 7,066 people (-2.3%) suggesting that individuals have moved to other states or dropped out of the labor force.

From June to July, unemployment rates fell in 20 counties, rose slightly in two counties, and remained unchanged in Hot Springs County (3.7%). Unemployment rates often fall in July as seasonal job gains are seen in leisure & hospitality, professional & business services, and retail trade. Large decreases in unemployment occurred in Washakie (down from 4.1% to 3.6%), Teton (down from 2.2% to 1.7%), Campbell (down from 5.1% to 4.7%), and Sublette (down from 4.0% to 3.7%) counties.

From July 2016 to July 2017, unemployment rates fell in every county. The largest unemployment rate decreases occurred in Campbell (down from 7.7% to 4.7%), Converse (down from 6.6% to 4.3%), Natrona (down from 7.2% to 5.0%), and Sublette (down from 5.7% to 3.7%) counties.

Teton County (1.7%) had the lowest unemployment rate in July. It was followed by Crook (2.8%), Lincoln (3.0%), and Goshen (3.0%) counties. The highest unemployment rates were found in Fremont (5.3%), Natrona (5.0%), Campbell (4.7%), and Sweetwater (4.4%) counties.

The estimate of total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 287,000 in July 2016 to 285,900 in July 2017, a decrease of 1,100 jobs (or -0.4%; not a statistically significant change).

Research & Planning has scheduled the August employment news release for .

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