The Research & Planning News Release featuring employment data for August 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 remained unchanged from July to August at 4.0%. Wyoming's unemployment rate was significantly lower than its August 2016 level of 5.2%, and slightly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4%. From August 2016 to August 2017, Wyoming's labor force decreased by an estimated 7,526 people (-2.5%; a statistically significant decrease) suggesting that unemployed individuals have left the state or dropped out of the labor force.
From July to August, county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and fell modestly. The largest decreases were seen in Niobrara (down from 3.1% to 2.4%), Fremont (down from 5.4% to 4.7%), Sweetwater (down from 4.4% to 3.8%), and Hot Springs (down from 3.7% to 3.1%) counties.
From August 2016 to August 2017, unemployment rates fell in all of Wyoming's 23 counties. The largest decreases occurred in Campbell (down from 6.9% to 4.2%), Natrona (down from 6.7% to 4.5%), Converse (down from 6.0% to 3.8%), and Sublette (down from 5.3% to 3.2%) counties.
Fremont County (4.7%) reported the highest unemployment rate in August. It was followed by Natrona (4.5%), Campbell (4.2%), Converse (3.8%), and Sweetwater (3.8%) counties. The lowest unemployment rates were seen in Teton (1.6%), Niobrara (2.4%), and Crook (2.6%) counties.
The estimate of total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 285,500 in August 2016 to 284,600 in August 2017, a decrease of 900 jobs (or -0.3%; not a statistically significant change).
Research & Planning has scheduled the September employment news release for October 24, 2017.