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Sheridan, Johnson counties see jump in unemployment rates

Sheridan, Johnson counties see jump in unemployment rates

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — In both Sheridan and Johnson counties, the average rate of unemployment is higher than the state average. Wyoming's unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent as of January of this year — the highest number since May of 2013. In December of 2009, Wyoming's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent, the highest in the past decade. From January 2015 to January 2016, unemployment rates rose in 21 counties and fell in two counties. In Sheridan County, the number of unemployed citizens was 998 as of January 2016, compared to 726 in 2015. This is a rate change from 5.4 percent 6.3 percent. In Johnson County, the number of unemployed citizens was 286 as of January 2016, compared to 256 in 2015. This is a rate change from 6.1 percent 7.1 percent. The largest increases occurred in Natrona County, up from 4.3% to 7.2%; Campbell County, up from 3.6% to 6.0%; Converse County, up from 3.4% to 5.7%; and Sweetwater County, up from 4.3% to 6.5%. Unemployment rates decreased in Teton County, down from 4.1% to 3.7%, and Albany County, down from 3.7% to 3.6%. February employment data will be released March 23. #dally #news