Local unemployment rate went up last month, now second highest in Wyoming

Fremont County's unemployment rate in November increased by 0.7 to 5.5 percent of the workforce here, according to statistics released today by the Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. In October, the county's jobless rate was 4.8 percent with 992 unemployed workers. Those persons without a job increased in November to 1,135. The county's labor force this month totals 20,797 individuals while those working total 19,662. One year ago this month, the jobless rate was slightly less, at 5.2 percent. Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.0% in October to 4.1% in November, which is not a statistically significant change, according to Workforce Services. The state's unemployment rate was slightly lower than its November 2014 level of 4.3% and significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.0%. The highest unemployment rates were found in Teton (6.7%), Fremont (5.5%), and Natrona (5.1%) counties. Albany and Niobrara counties posted the lowest unemployment rates (both 2.9%). They were followed by Weston (3.0%), Goshen (3.1%), and Crook (3.5%) counties. Read the entire report here . *Feature Photo: The Lander Workforce Center / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #news