Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Claims Statistics
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Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims for Wyoming by County of Residence, Industry, and Selected Demographics, 2019-2020
Updated July 2, 2020, for the week ending June 27, 2020.
Weekly UI Claims Data Table of Contents
Initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims dropped by nearly half from April to May 2020 in Wyoming. However, continued claims increased by 43.6% over the month and 990.1% over the year.
May marked the third straight month of unusually high UI claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic and substantial declines in the prices of oil & gas.
Wyoming had 10,722 initial claims in May, down from 20,485 in April but up from 1,241 in May 2019. Prior to March 2020, the one-month high for initial claims in Wyoming dating back to 1997 (the first year for which comparable data are available) was 5,709 in October 2009.
The unclassified industry had the most initial claims in May, followed by leisure & hospitality, trade, transportation, warehousing, & utilities, and natural resources & mining. Over the year, initial claims increased across all major industries.
Total continued weeks claimed reached 95,769 in May, the largest total since comparable data were collected beginning in 1997. The previous record high for one month in Wyoming was 80,239 in October 2010 during the state's economic downturn that began during the national Great Recession.
There were 25,409 unique continued claimants in May compared to 22,189 in April.
Published June 23, 2020.
- Initial Claims
- Continued Claims*
*Information displayed in Initial
and Continued Claims are adjusted for monthly comparisons by normalizing the number of weeks in each month to a standard 4.33 weeks.
**NAICS = North American Industry Classification code.
***SIC = Standard Industrial Classification code.
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- Chapter 6: Unemployment Insurance Claims Data - UI Benefit Exhaustion Rate Drops to Historic Low in 2019 (2020 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report)
- UI Benefit Exhaustion Rate Drops to Historic Low in 2019 (Trends, March 2020)
- Wyoming New Business Formation Increases by 7.6% (Trends, September 2019)
- UI Recipients, Benefit Expenses Reach a Decade Low (Trends, March 2019)
- Unemployment Insurance Claims Decrease in 2017 (Trends, June 2018)
- Wyoming New Business Formation Declines During Recent Economic Downturn (Trends, March 2018)
- Unemployment Insurance Claims Drop in Second Half of 2016 (Trends, May 2017)
- Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Increase 22.9% in 2015 (Trends, March 2016)
- How Out-of-State Claimants Affect Wyoming’s Unemployment Rate (Trends, February 2016)
- Wyoming New Business Formation in 2012 and 2013 (Trends, February 2015)
- The Recent Labor Market Downturn as a Natural Experiment
- Small Businesses Play a Big Role in Wyoming's Economy
(Trends, February 2013)
- New Business Formation Increases in Wyoming
in 2010 and 2011 (Trends, November 2012)
- An Overview of Wyoming's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and Trust Fund Liability (Trends, November 2011)
- Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payments Reach Record High in 2009 (Trends, February 2010)