Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rates saw a slight decrease in recent months, although the statewide rate remains higher than a year ago. According to recent information released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, the statewide unemployment rate dropped from 4.9% to 4.8% from November 2016 to December 2016. In December 2015, the unemployment rate was 4.4%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents increased slightly from November to December, rising by an estimated 1,091 individuals, according to the state jobs report.
In Lincoln County, the labor force shrunk with an increase in the rate, changing from 3.8% in November to 4.4% in December. That is, however, a 12-month improvement in Lincoln County. The December 2015 rate was 4.9%.
Natrona County posted the highest unemployment rate in December at 6.6%, followed by Fremont at 6.4%, Campell at 6.0% and Sublette at 5.8%. The lowest unemployment rates were seen in Niobrara and Albany Counties, both with 2.8% and Goshen at 3.0%.