(Gillette, Wyo.) The number of unemployed workers in Campbell County is now at 6.3%, up from the 6.0% in January that we reported last week
. Unemployment this time last year
was 4.8%. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that there
are 1,605 unemployed in the county, whereas that number stood at 939 in
February of 2015.
In Crook County, the rate is 4.9%, down from the 5.3% reported in January.
Weston County's unemployment rate also dropped, to 4.0% from 4.2%.
Statewide, numbers rose and Wyoming now stands at 5.0% unemployment, which
is much higher than last February's rate of 3.8%, and is now higher than
the national rate of 4.9%.
This does not take in to account recent layoffs around the county that
happened in March. (Figures for March will be released on April 19th.) But
Wyoming has been experiencing the highest unemployment increase seen
nationally, almost directly as a result of the energy downturn.