Wyoming unemployment falls to 3.6 percent in April


The Research and Planning

section of the Wyoming Department

of Workforce Services reported today that

the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment

rate fell from 3.7 percent in March

to 3.6 percent in April. Wyoming’s unemployment

rate was lower than its April

2018 level of 4.0 percent and the same as

the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.6

percent.

Sublette County dropped the number

of people in the labor force from 4,157 in

March of 2019 to 4,003 in April of 2019.

That is a decline of 154 workers since

March of 2018. Unemployment dropped

from 4.5 percent in March to 3.7 percent

in April.

Most county unemployment rates followed

their normal seasonal pattern and

fell from March to April. Warmer spring

weather often brings job gains in construction,

professional and business services and

other sectors. Washakie County’s unemployment

rate fell from 5.0 percent to 3.6

percent, Crook County’s rate fell from 4.2

percent to 3.1 percent, and Park County’s

rate fell from 4.9 percent to 3.9 percent.

Teton County’s unemployment rate rose

from 2.4 percent in March to 3.8 percent in

April as the ski season ended.

From April 2018 to April 2019, unemployment

rates fell in nearly every county,

suggesting a general tightening in the state’s

labor market. The largest unemployment

rate decreases were seen in Lincoln (down

from 4.3 percent to 3.1 percent), Fremont

(down from 5.1 percent to 3.9 percent),

Hot Springs (down from 4.0 percent to 2.9

Wyoming unemployment falls to 3.6 percent in April

percent), Natrona (down from 4.5 percent to

3.5 percent), and Converse (down from 3.6

percent to 2.6 percent) counties.

The highest unemployment rates in Wyoming

were found in Big Horn County at

4.5 percent and Fremont, Park, and Uinta

counties, all at 3.9 percent. The lowest unemployment

rates were reported in Niobrara

County at 2.2 percent and Albany and

Converse counties, both at 2.6 percent.

Total employment in Wyoming – not

seasonally adjusted and measured by place

of work – increased from 279,400 in April

2018 to 283,500 in April 2019, a gain of

4,100 jobs or 1.5 percent.

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