Sublette unemployment rate decreased in March

WYOMING – Seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers in Wyoming remained steady while Sublette County’s unemployment rate fell in March from the previous month.

The statewide adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent while Sublette County dropped to the state’s second-highest rate at 7.7 percent, down from 9.4 percent. Natrona County had the state's highest rate at 7.9 percent.

Sublette’s decrease tied the largest drop in unemployment rate in Wyoming, as Washakie County also experienced a 1.4-percent decrease.

Unemployment numbers typically decrease from February to March because warmer weather brings seasonal job gains in construction, leisure and hospitality, government and other sectors.

Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming decreased from 281,400 in March 2020 down to 268,600 in March 2021 – a 4.5-percent drop.

These numbers came from the Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, which released its monthly report on April 19. It has scheduled the April unemployment numbers release for May 24.