Fremont again leads State in joblessness rate

(Casper, Wyo.) - The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased significantly from its revised level of 4.4 percent in December to 4.7 percent in January. In Fremont County, the jobless rate jump was dramatic, up two full percentage points from 6.1 to 8.1 percent. Fremont's rate is the highest in the state. The county's labor force in January was 20,224 compared with 20,396 one year ago. Total people employed locally numbered 18,591 compared with 19,174 a year ago. The number of unemployed workers rose to 1,633 compared with 1,222 one year ago, a loss of 411 jobs. Most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased from December to January. Seasonal job losses are often seen in January in many sectors, including construction, retail trade, transportation & warehousing, professional & business services, and government. Statewide, the largest unemployment rate increases occurred in Fremont (up from 6.1% to 8.1%), Johnson (up from 5.1% to 7.1%), Sheridan (up from 4.6% to 6.3%), Campbell (up from 4.4% to 6.0%), and Natrona (up from 5.6% to 7.2%) counties. From January 2015 to January 2016, unemployment rates rose in 21 counties and fell in two counties. The largest increases occurred in Natrona (up from 4.3% to 7.2%), Campbell (up from 3.6% to 6.0%), Converse (up from 3.4% to 5.7%), and Sweetwater (up from 4.3% to 6.5%) counties. Unemployment rates decreased in Teton (down from 4.1% to 3.7%) and Albany (down from 3.7% to 3.6%) counties. Fremont County (8.1%) posted the highest unemployment rate in January. It was followed by Natrona (7.2%), Johnson (7.1%), and Sublette (6.8%) counties. The lowest unemployment rates were found in Albany (3.6%), Teton (3.7%), and Goshen 3.9%) counties. Total nonfarm employment (measured by place of work) fell from 285,900 in January 2015 to 277,400 in January 2016, a decrease of 8,500 jobs (or –3.0%; a statistically significant decrease). [image: Inline image 1] *Feature Image: /