Wyoming Unemployment Dips

The Wyoming unemployment rate dropped slightly between November and December falling to 4.2% from 4.3%. According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, the state’s unemployment rate decreased significantly from a year ago when it stood at 4.8 percent. The dramatic drop has been mainly attributed to people leaving the workforce. The state’s labor pool fell by almost 9,000 people from December 2016 to December 2017, suggesting that individuals may have moved to other states or dropped out of the labor force entirely. Niobrara County had the state’s lowest jobless rate in December at 2.2 percent, followed by Goshen and Albany counties at 2.6 percent and Crook at 3.1 percent. The highest unemployment rates were 5.2 percent in Fremont County, 5.0 percent in Natrona, 4.6 in Park and 4.1 in Campbell and Uinta counties. According to a separate report from the U.S. Labor Department, Wyoming added 3,100 jobs in December, the second-biggest jobs gains of any state last month. The national unemployment rate remained steady between November and December, hovering at 4.1 percent.

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