Sublette unemployment takes dive

WYOMING – Sublette County experienced the largest unemployment rate drop in Wyoming from June to July, with the county’s rate lowering to 5.2 percent from 6.9 percent.

All 23 Wyoming counties experienced lowered unemployment rates during that time as the state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent, the Wyoming Workforce Services Research & Planning Section announced on Aug. 23. That’s lower than the national average, and Wyoming’s old rate, of 5.4 percent.

The Research & Planning section reported the slight decline is largely attributed to unemployed individuals dropping out of the labor force. Seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers typically do decrease in July as employments grow in leisure, hospitality, construction and other sectors.

Teton County, for example, reported a 2.8-percent unemployment rate. Sublette’s rate, while much improved, remained one of the higher in Wyoming. Sweetwater and Natrona counties both had the state’s highest rates with 5.8 percent.

The Research & Planning announced it has scheduled the release of August employment numbers for Sept. 20.