The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Tuesday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from November to December at 4.1%. Wyoming's unemployment is slightly higher than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.9%.
From November to December, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. Unemployment rates often rise in December as colder weather brings seasonal job losses in construction and other sectors. The largest increases in unemployment occurred in Big Horn (up from 4.2% to 5.2%), Washakie (up from 3.4% to 4.1%), Platte (up from 3.0% to 3.5%), and Sublette (up from 4.0% to 4.5%) counties.
When compared to a year earlier, most county unemployment rates fell slightly or remained unchanged. The largest decreases were seen in Weston (down from 3.8% to 3.0%), Converse (down from 4.0% to 3.2%), Natrona (down from 5.0% to 4.3%), and Fremont (down from 5.2% to 4.7%) counties. Unemployment rates rose in Big Horn (up from 4.1% to 5.2%) and Sublette (up from 4.0% to 4.5%) counties.
In December, the highest unemployment rates were found in Big Horn (5.2%), Park (4.8%), and Fremont (4.7%) counties. Niobrara County reported the lowest unemployment rate at 2.4%. It was followed by Goshen County at 2.9%, and Weston, Crook, and Albany counties, all at 3.0%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 280,400 in December 2017 to 288,600 in December 2018, a gain of 8,200 jobs (or 2.9%).
Research & Planning has scheduled the January employment news release for March 12, 2019.
The complete news release, including tables is available here.