Unemployment Rises in Local Counties–but Total Workforce growing
Written by jordanmckamey on July 29, 2019
Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5% in June.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the rate is down from 4.1% a year ago and slightly lower than the national rate of 3.7%.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says Teton County — which includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and the Jackson area — had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.3% in June as seasonal tourism jobs were filled.
Unemployment sometimes rises in June as young people get out of school and begin looking for work. Washakie County saw it’s unemployment rate jump from 3.6 to 4.3 percent. Hot Springs County also saw a slight increase–from 3.2 to 3.7 percent. Both counties though saw the total workforce and employment numbers increase.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming increased from 293,000 in June 2018 to 299,800 in June 2019, a gain of 6,800 jobs.