(Gillette, Wyo.) The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from its revised level of 4.4% in December to 4.7% in January. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was much higher than its January 2015 level of 3.8%. One of the largest rate increases, which may come as no surprise considering recent layoff announcements
, was in in Campbell County, with
the rate increasing from 4.4% to 6% between December and January. Last
January unemployment was 3.6%, whereas this year at the same time it's 6%.
Sheridan also suffered an increase from 4.6% to 6.3%.
Our partners at Bootstrapped have provided a
map of rates across Wyoming.
6% is significantly higher than the national average of 4.9%
though Wyoming's state-wide average is 4.7%. These rates are only for
January and do not include recent job losses in the community. Research &
Planning has is working on a report for February's unemployment rates that
will be released next week.