Sublette County unemployment increases

The Research and Planning

section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce

Services reported this week that the state’s

seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained

unchanged from November to December

at 4.1 percent.

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 County, up from 4.2 percent

to 5.2 percent, Washakie County, up from 3.4

percent to 4.1 percent, Platte County, up from

3.0 percent to 3.5 percent, and Sublette County,

up from 4.0 percent to 4.5 percent.

When compared to a year earlier, most county

unemployment rates fell slightly or remained

unchanged. The largest decreases were seen in

Weston County, down from 3.8 percent to 3.0

percent, Converse county, down from 4.0 percent

to 3.2 percent, Natrona County, down from

5.0 percent to 4.3 percent, and Fremont County,

down from 5.2 percent to 4.7 percent, counties.

Unemployment rates rose in Big Horn County,

up from 4.1 percent to 5.2 percent, and Sublette

County, up from 4.0 percent to 4.5 percent.

In December, the highest unemployment

rates were found in Big Horn County, 5.2 percent,

Park County, 4.8 percent, and Fremont

County, 4.7 percent. Niobrara County reported

the lowest unemployment rate at 2.4 percent. It

was followed by Goshen County at 2.9 percent,

and Weston, Crook and Albany counties, all at

3.0 percent.


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