The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from September to October at 4.1%. Wyoming's unemployment rate is slightly lower than its year-ago level of 4.2%, but higher than the current U.S. rate of 3.7%.
At the county level, most unemployment rates remained fairly stable from September to October. Small decreases were seen in Platte (down from 3.4% to 2.8%), Niobrara (down from 3.1% to 2.5%), Sweetwater (down from 4.0% to 3.5%), and Converse (down from 3.6% to 3.1%) counties, while Teton County's unemployment rate rose slightly from 2.2% to 2.6%.
Unemployment rates were lower than a year ago in most Wyoming counties. The largest decreases occurred in Converse (down from 3.9% to 3.1%), Weston (down from 3.6% to 3.1%), Sweetwater (down from 4.0% to 3.5%), and Platte (down from 3.3% to 2.8%) counties. Unemployment rates rose modestly in Big Horn (up from 3.5% to 3.8%), Albany (up from 2.7% to 2.9%), Goshen (up from 2.6% to 2.8%), and Niobrara (up from 2.3% to 2.5%) counties.
Niobrara County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.5% in October. It was followed by Teton County at 2.6%, and Platte, Goshen, and Crook counties, all at 2.8%. The highest unemployment rates were reported in Fremont County at 4.4% and Natrona County at 4.2%.
Total nonfarm employment (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 284,400 in October 2017 to 290,800 in October 2018, a gain of 6,400 jobs (or 2.3%).
Research & Planning has scheduled the November employment news release for December 21, 2018.
The complete news release, including tables is available here.