Wyoming Sees Slight Unemployment Rate Increase For February

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This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily

By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

For the first time in nearly a year, Wyoming has seen an uptick in its unemployment rates.

The state went from 5.1% unemployment in January to 5.3% in February, according to a report from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. Despite this increase, Wyoming’s unemployment rate remains much lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.2%.

The state’s unemployment rate fell for nine straight months, after the state saw a high of 8.5% unemployment.

From January to February, unemployment rates increased in 15 counties, remained unchanged in three counties, and decreased in five counties.

The largest increases occurred in Johnson County (up from 6% to 6.7%) and Weston County (up from 3.9% to 4.6%).

Jobless rates fell slightly in Washakie (down from 5.6% to 5.4%), Sweetwater (down from 7.8% to 7.6%) and Niobrara (down from 5.3% to 5.1%) counties.

The highest unemployment rates in February were found in Natrona County at 8.9%, Sublette County at 8.8%, and Sweetwater County at 7.6%.

The lowest rates were reported in Teton County at 4.4% and Albany and Crook counties, both at 4.5%.

Unemployment rates increased from year-ago levels in 22 of Wyoming’s 23 counties. The largest increases occurred in Converse (up from 3.7% to 7.4%), Natrona (up from 5.2% to 8.9%), Campbell (up from 4.4% to 7.5%), and Uinta (up from 5.0% to 7.1%) counties.

Washakie County’s unemployment rate fell slightly, decreasing from 5.7% to 5.4%.

Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) decreased from 281,800 in February 2020 to 266,400 in February 2021, a decline of 15,400 jobs (-5.5%).

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