Fremont County unemployment rate dropped in November; 141 new workers reported
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly from 3.8% in October to 3.7% in November. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its November 2018 level of 4.1%, but slightly higher than the current U.S. rate of 3.5%. From October to November, seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents increased, rising by an estimated 1,309 individuals (0.5%).
From November 2018 to November 2019, unemployment rates fell in 17 counties, rose in three counties, and remained unchanged in three counties. The largest decreases occurred in Teton (down from 6.2% to 5.2%), Weston (down from 3.1% to 2.3%), Fremont (down from 4.8% to 4.1%), and Campbell (down from 3.8% to 3.1%) counties. Slight increases were seen in Goshen (up from 2.8% to 3.6%), Niobrara (up from 2.5% to 3.1%), and Sublette (up from 4.2% to 4.7%) counties.
Most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased from October to November. Unemployment often rises in November as colder weather brings seasonal job losses in leisure & hospitality, construction, and professional & business services. The largest increases in unemployment were seen in Teton (up from 2.7% to 5.2%), Park (up from 3.5% to 4.2%), and Sweetwater (up from 3.3% to 4.0%) counties. Unemployment rates fell slightly in Campbell (down from 3.4% to 3.1%), Washakie (down from 3.4% to 3.2%), and Weston (down from 2.4% to 2.3%) counties.
Teton County reported the highest unemployment rate in November at 5.2%. It was followed by Sublette County at 4.7% and Park County at 4.2%. The lowest unemployment rates were found in Weston County at 2.3%, Converse County at 2.8%, and Albany County at 2.8%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) decreased from 285,000 in November 2018 to 283,900 in November 2019, a decline of 1,100 jobs (-0.4%).
Research & Planning has scheduled the December unemployment news release for January 28, 2020.
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While there were 141 more people employed in Fremont County in November than October, there were also 42 more people registered as unemployed in November compared to October. Fremont County’s overall labor force rose from 18,850 to 19,033.
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