Wyoming Labor Force Trends

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Research & Planning
Vol. 50 No. 6 — ©June 2013


Also inside June Trends:

Wyoming Mass Layoffs Fall Slightly in 2012

Wyoming Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) Events, Associated Initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims, and Extended Mass Layoff Events, 2001-2012

The number of mass layoffs in Wyoming fell from 10 in 2011 to nine in 2012 (see Table). Mass layoffs have decreased for the past three years after peaking at 13 in 2009. This downward trend in mass layoffs is consistent with Wyoming's falling unemployment rate, which peaked at 7.0% in 2010 and has been steadily decreasing since then. Despite the recent decreases, the number of mass layoffs remains higher than before the recession.  

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BLS Discontinues Mass Layoff Statistics Program

As part of the federal automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was required to cut its budget by more than $30 million. In order to absorb part of this budget cut, one of the programs the BLS eliminated was Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS). As of June 30, MLS data are no longer collected, analyzed, or published for Wyoming or the United States.  

Wyoming Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.8% in April 2013

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has reported that the state's seasonally adjusteda unemployment fell from 4.9% in March to 4.8% in April. Wyoming's unemployment rate remained significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 7.5%. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents decreased slightly, falling by 218 individuals (-0.1%) from March to April.  

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