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Jobless rate up in Natrona County

Jobless rate up in Natrona County

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased significantly from 4.1% in November to 4.3% in December. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was slightly higher than its December 2014 level of 4.2% and much lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.0%. From November to December, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. As colder weather sets in, seasonal job losses are typically seen in construction, professional and business services, and other sectors. The largest unemployment rate increases were seen in these counties: - Johnson (up from 4.3% to 5.1%) - Sublette (up from 4.9% to 5.5%) - Big Horn (up from 4.2% to 4.7%) - Converse (up from 3.8% to 4.3%) Unemployment rates decreased these counties: - Teton (down from 6.8% to 4.0%) - Niobrara (down from 3.0% to 2.9%) From December 2014 to December 2015, unemployment rates rose in 12 counties and fell in 11 counties. The largest increases occurred in these counties: - - Natrona (up from 3.9% to 5.5%) - Converse (up from 3.0% to 4.3%) - Campbell (up from 3.2% to 4.3%) - Sweetwater (up from 4.0% to 5.1%) Size able unemployment rate decreases were observed in: - Teton (down from 5.0% to 4.0%) - Lincoln (down from 5.3% to 4.8%) - Laramie (down from 4.5% to 4.0%) The lowest unemployment rates were found in: - - Albany (2.9%) - Niobrara (2.9%) - Goshen (3.1%) - Weston (3.3%) Fremont County posted the highest unemployment rate (6.0%) followed by Natrona (5.5%), Sublette (5.5%), and Uinta (5.2%) counties. Total non-farm employment (measured by place of work) fell from 292,300 in December 2014 to 285,800 in December 2015, a decrease of 6,500 jobs (or -2.2%; a statistically significant decrease). Research & Planning has scheduled the January employment news release for March 15, 2016. #oilcity #news