CHEYENNE — According to stats released by the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Tuesday, July 23, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June at 3.5 percent.
Wyoming’s unemployment rate decreased from its year-ago level of 4.1 percent and was slightly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.7 percent
Most county unemployment rates increased from May to June. Unemployment sometimes rises in June as young people get out of school and begin looking for work.
The largest unemployment rate increases occurred in Albany (up from 3.0 percent to 4.0 percent), Fremont (up from 3.8 percent to 4.7 percent), Platte (up from 3.0 percent to 3.7 percent), Sweetwater (up from 3.5 percent to 4.2 percent), and Washakie (up from 3.6 percent to 4.3 percent) counties. Teton County’s unemployment rate fell from 3.0 percent in May to 2.3 percent in June as seasonal tourist activity increased.
As for Uinta County, the county has an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, which is tied with Washakie County and slightly lower than both Big Horn and Fremont counties. The majority of the counties are in the 3 to 4 percent range., with Teton County at 2.3 percent and Crook County at 3 percent. They are followed by Weston at 3.1, Converse at 3.2 and Niobrara at 3.3.
Uinta County’s unemployment rate is slightly less in June 2019 than it was in June 2018. It went down to 4.3 percent from 4.6 percent.
Compared to a year earlier, unemployment fell in 18 counties, rose slightly in three counties, and remained unchanged in two counties.