Natrona County unemployment rate rose in October

(Natrona County, Wyo.) - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has reported the October 2015 unemployment rates. The report indicated that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from September to October at 4.0%. Wyoming's unemployment rate was slightly lower than its October 2014 level of 4.3% and significantly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.0%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents decreased, falling by an estimated 956 individuals (-0.3%) from September to October. From September to October, nearly all county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. As fall weather arrives, employment tends to decrease in leisure & hospitality, construction, and professional & business services. The largest unemployment increases occurred in Natrona (up from 3.8% to 4.7%), Sweetwater (up from 3.8% to 4.4%), Campbell (up from 3.2% to 3.7%), and Converse (up from 2.9% to 3.3%) counties. Other increases occurred in Teton (up from 2.2% to 3.7%), Carbon (up from 2.8% to 3.5%), Niobrara (up from 2.3% to 2.8%), Park (up from 3.2% to 3.7%), and Sheridan (up from 3.2% to 3.7%) counties. From October 2014 to October 2015, unemployment rates fell in 15 counties and rose in eight counties. Large decreases were seen in Teton (down from 4.9% to 3.7%), Lincoln (down from 4.7% to 4.0%), Washakie (down from 3.7% to 3.2%), Laramie (down from 4.0% to 3.5%), and Albany (down from 3.3% to 2.8%) counties. Total non-farm employment (measured by place of work) rose very slightly from 295,800 in October 2014 to 296,300 in October 2015, a gain of 500 jobs (or 0.2%; not a statistically significant change). #oilcity #news