Wyoming’s Unemployment Rate Down Again
Wyoming’s unemployment rate has reached its lowest level in over three years.The Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that Wyoming’s unemployment rate declined slightly between October and November, going from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent. It’s the lowest jobless rate in the state since March 2009. Wyoming’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 7.7 percent.All county unemployment rates increased in November following their normal seasonal patterns. As colder weather sets in employment tends to fall in construction, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.Teton county had the largest increase in unemployment at 9.6 percent up from 6.1 percent in October. Sublette, Niobrara and Converse counties all had rates at or below 3.9 percent, the lowest in the state.
The number of non-farm jobs in Wyoming (measured by place of work) rose from an estimated 284,700 in November of 2011 to 286,000 in November 2012, an increase of 1300 jobs.