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Wyoming Unemployment Rises to 3.6% in July 2019

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly from 3.5% in June to 3.6% in July. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its July 2018 level of 4.1% and slightly lower than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.7%.

Most county unemployment rates fell slightly or stayed the same from June to July. The largest decreases occurred in Niobrara (down from 3.3% to 2.9%), Uinta (down from 4.3% to 4.0%), Teton (down from 2.3% to 2.0%), Natrona (down from 4.2% to 3.9%), Goshen (down from 4.1% to 3.8%), and Converse (down from 3.2% to 2.9%) counties. Unemployment increased in Campbell County (up from 3.7% to 5.7%) and Crook County (up from 3.0% to 3.6%).

From July 2018 to July 2019, unemployment fell in 13 counties, rose in eight counties, and remained unchanged in two counties. The largest jobless rate decreases were seen in Converse (down from 3.7% to 2.9%), Fremont (down from 5.2% to 4.6%), and Natrona (down from 4.4% to 3.9%) counties. Unemployment increased in Campbell (up from 4.1% to 5.7%), Crook (up from 2.9% to 3.6%), Sublette (up from 3.6% to 4.1%), and Washakie (up from 3.9% to 4.4%) counties.

Campbell County had the highest unemployment rate in July at 5.7%. It was followed by Fremont County at 4.6%, Big Horn County at 4.4%, and Washakie County at 4.4%. The lowest unemployment rates were found in Teton County at 2.0%, Niobrara County at 2.9%, and Converse County at 2.9%.

Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 292,600 in July 2018 to 298,900 in July 2019, a gain of 6,300 jobs (2.2%).

Research & Planning has scheduled the August unemployment news release for September 24, 2019.



Wyoming Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Labor Force Estimates
                                                                                             Change
                                                                                  Month                    Year
                                    July-19      June-19      July-18      absolute     percent    absolute     percent
Total Civilian Labor Force          288,456      288,558      289,483        -102        0.0%      -1,027       -0.4%
Employed                            278,068      278,491      277,569        -423       -0.2%         499        0.2%
Unemployed                           10,388       10,067       11,914         321        3.2%      -1,526      -12.8%
Unemployment Rate                       3.6          3.5          4.1

Definitions:
Employed All persons who, during the reference week, did any work at all as paid employees, worked in their own business, profession, or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in a family business.
Unemployed All persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.
Labor Force All persons who meet the criteria given above as either employed or unemployed.
Unemployment Rate The number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.
Seasonal Adjustment A statistical procedure to remove the impact of normal regularly recurring events (such as weather, major holidays, and the opening and closing of schools) from economic time series to better understand changes in economic conditions from month to month.



Note Regarding Tables 1-3 Below

Not seasonally adjusted data reflect the actual economic conditions in a given area for a given time period. These data show the normal seasonal changes that occur in the economy. Most county unemployment rates are higher in the winter months because of seasonal job losses in construction, leisure & hospitality, and many other sectors. Similarly, most county unemployment rates are lower in the summer months as employment increases across the economy. Data users should use caution when comparing not seasonally adjusted data for different months, as at least part of the difference between months may reflect normal seasonal patterns.

In contrast, seasonally adjusted data have been subjected to a statistical procedure to remove the effects of normal changes that occur in the economy each year, such as seasonal hiring in the construction sector, the opening and closing of schools, and holiday hiring by retail trade establishments. There is no expectation that seasonally adjusted unemployment rates will be higher or lower in any particular month, except as the economy expands or contracts. The value of seasonally adjusted data is that it is easy to identify longer-term trends in the data and valid comparisons can be made between any two months in the series.

Research & Planning works in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to develop and publish unemployment rates for each county in Wyoming. However, these data are not seasonally adjusted and therefore reflect seasonal changes each month.


Table 1: Wyoming counties not seasonally adjusted unemployment
rates ranked from lowest to highest for July 2019
 
     County                  Rate*
Teton County, WY              2.0
Converse County, WY           2.9
Niobrara County, WY           2.9
Lincoln County, WY            3.2
Weston County, WY             3.2
Carbon County, WY             3.3
Johnson County, WY            3.3
Hot Springs County, WY        3.5
Park County, WY               3.5
Sheridan County, WY           3.5
Crook County, WY              3.6
Laramie County, WY            3.6
Platte County, WY             3.7
Goshen County, WY             3.8
Wyoming                       3.8
Natrona County, WY            3.9
Albany County, WY             4.0
Uinta County, WY              4.0
Sublette County, WY           4.1
Sweetwater County, WY         4.1
Big Horn County, WY           4.4
Washakie County, WY           4.4
Fremont County, WY            4.6
Campbell County, WY           5.7

*preliminary



Table 2: Wyoming counties not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates over-the-month rate
changes ranked from lowest to highest for July 2019

                                Month ago                 Over-the-Month   
    County                        rate          Rate*      Rate Change    

Niobrara County, WY                3.3           2.9          -0.4
Converse County, WY                3.2           2.9          -0.3
Goshen County, WY                  4.1           3.8          -0.3
Natrona County, WY                 4.2           3.9          -0.3
Teton County, WY                   2.3           2.0          -0.3
Uinta County, WY                   4.3           4.0          -0.3
Hot Springs County, WY             3.7           3.5          -0.2
Laramie County, WY                 3.8           3.6          -0.2
Lincoln County, WY                 3.4           3.2          -0.2
Big Horn County, WY                4.5           4.4          -0.1
Carbon County, WY                  3.4           3.3          -0.1
Fremont County, WY                 4.7           4.6          -0.1
Park County, WY                    3.6           3.5          -0.1
Sheridan County, WY                3.6           3.5          -0.1
Sublette County, WY                4.2           4.1          -0.1
Albany County, WY                  4.0           4.0           0.0
Johnson County, WY                 3.3           3.3           0.0
Platte County, WY                  3.7           3.7           0.0
Sweetwater County, WY              4.1           4.1           0.0
Wyoming                            3.8           3.8           0.0
Washakie County, WY                4.3           4.4           0.1
Weston County, WY                  3.1           3.2           0.1
Crook County, WY                   3.0           3.6           0.6
Campbell County, WY                3.7           5.7           2.0

*preliminary




Table 3: Wyoming counties not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates over-the-year
changes ranked from lowest to highest for July 2019
 
                                 Year ago                 Over-the-Year   
   County                          Rate         Rate*      Rate Change    
Converse County, WY                3.7           2.9          -0.8
Fremont County, WY                 5.2           4.6          -0.6
Natrona County, WY                 4.4           3.9          -0.5
Niobrara County, WY                3.2           2.9          -0.3
Johnson County, WY                 3.5           3.3          -0.2
Platte County, WY                  3.9           3.7          -0.2
Uinta County, WY                   4.2           4.0          -0.2
Weston County, WY                  3.4           3.2          -0.2
Carbon County, WY                  3.4           3.3          -0.1
Goshen County, WY                  3.9           3.8          -0.1
Laramie County, WY                 3.7           3.6          -0.1
Lincoln County, WY                 3.3           3.2          -0.1
Sweetwater County, WY              4.2           4.1          -0.1
Hot Springs County, WY             3.5           3.5           0.0
Sheridan County, WY                3.5           3.5           0.0
Wyoming                            3.8           3.8           0.0
Albany County, WY                  3.9           4.0           0.1
Park County, WY                    3.4           3.5           0.1
Teton County, WY                   1.9           2.0           0.1
Big Horn County, WY                4.1           4.4           0.3
Sublette County, WY                3.6           4.1           0.5
Washakie County, WY                3.9           4.4           0.5
Crook County, WY                   2.9           3.6           0.7
Campbell County, WY                4.1           5.7           1.6

*preliminary




Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Research & Planning

August 27, 2019

Contacts:

David Bullard, Senior Economist, 307-473-3810


Michael Moore, Editor, 307-473-3814



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