Wyoming Employment Keeps Rising in Summer 2022 After Pandemic Peak
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 22, 2022
Unemployment in Wyoming continues to slowly but steadily decline as all the state’s counties rebound from the lowest point reached at the height of COVID-19 in Summer 2021.
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services released the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2022. Once again, counties across the state are recovering from the losses of the COVID-19 pandemic – but the gap keeps getting smaller.
Wyoming’s overall unemployment rate decreased from 3.1% in June to 3.0% in July.
From June to July, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and decreased. Unemployment rates often fall in July as job gains are seen in leisure & hospitality, construction, and professional & business services.
Wyoming’s unemployment rate is lower than its July 2021 level of 4.5% and lower than the current U.S. rate of 3.5%.
The largest unemployment rate decreases occurred in the following counties:
- Lincoln (down from 3.7% to 2.7%)
- Sublette (down from 3.8% to 3.2%)
- Uinta (down from 3.8% to 3.3%)
- Teton (down from 2.2% to 1.7%)
In July, unemployment rates were lower than their year-ago levels in every county.
The largest decreases were reported in Natrona (down from 5.8% to 3.7%), Campbell (down from 5.3% to 3.3%), Niobrara (down from 4.1% to 2.2%), Converse (down from 4.7% to 2.8%), and Sweetwater (down from 5.7% to 3.9%) counties.
Unemployment rates were elevated in 2021 because of the pandemic.
Teton County, at 1.7%, had the lowest unemployment rate in July. It was followed by Crook County and Niobrara County, both at 2.2%, and Weston County at 2.3%. The highest rates were found in Sweetwater County at 3.9%, and Fremont County and Natrona County, both at 3.7%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) rose from 284,500 in July 2021 to 291,600 in July 2022, an increase of 7,100 jobs (2.5%). Employment was unusually low in 2021 because of economic disruptions related to the pandemic.