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Wyoming Unemployment Unchanged at 4.1% in December

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from November to December at 4.1%. Wyoming’s unemployment is slightly higher than the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.9%.

From November to December, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. Unemployment rates often rise in December as colder weather brings seasonal job losses in construction and other sectors. The largest increases in unemployment occurred in Big Horn (up from 4.2% to 5.2%), Washakie (up from 3.4% to 4.1%), Platte (up from 3.0% to 3.5%), and Sublette (up from 4.0% to 4.5%) counties.

When compared to a year earlier, most county unemployment rates fell slightly or remained unchanged. The largest decreases were seen in Weston (down from 3.8% to 3.0%), Converse (down from 4.0% to 3.2%), Natrona (down from 5.0% to 4.3%), and Fremont (down from 5.2% to 4.7%) counties. Unemployment rates rose in Big Horn (up from 4.1% to 5.2%) and Sublette (up from 4.0% to 4.5%) counties.

In December, the highest unemployment rates were found in Big Horn (5.2%), Park (4.8%), and Fremont (4.7%) counties. Niobrara County reported the lowest unemployment rate at 2.4%. It was followed by Goshen County at 2.9%, and Weston, Crook, and Albany counties, all at 3.0%.

Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 280,400 in December 2017 to 288,600 in December 2018, a gain of 8,200 jobs (or 2.9%).

Research & Planning has scheduled the January employment news release for March 12, 2019.



Wyoming Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Labor Force Estimates
                                                                                            Change
                                                                                  Month                    Year
                                December-18  November-18  December-17     absolute     percent    absolute     percent
Total Civilian Labor Force          286,749      286,248      292,305         501        0.2%      -5,556       -1.9%
Employed                            275,130      274,489      280,200         641        0.2%      -5,070       -1.8%
Unemployed                           11,619       11,759       12,105        -140       -1.2%        -486       -4.0%
Unemployment Rate                       4.1          4.1          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 December 2018
 
    County			         Rate*
Niobrara County, WY                       2.4
Goshen County, WY                         2.9
Albany County, WY                         3.0
Crook County, WY                          3.0
Weston County, WY                         3.0
Converse County, WY                       3.2
Teton County, WY                          3.3
Platte County, WY                         3.5
Hot Springs County, WY                    3.6
Campbell County, WY                       3.7
Carbon County, WY                         3.8
Johnson County, WY                        3.8
Laramie County, WY                        3.8
Sheridan County, WY                       3.8
Lincoln County, WY                        3.9
Uinta County, WY                          3.9
Wyoming                                   3.9
Sweetwater County, WY                     4.0
Washakie County, WY                       4.1
Natrona County, WY                        4.3
Sublette County, WY                       4.5
Fremont County, WY                        4.7
Park County, WY                           4.8
Big Horn County, WY                       5.2

*preliminary


Table 2: Wyoming counties not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates over-the-month rate
changes ranked from lowest to highest for December 2018

                                 Month ago                        Over-the-Month     Over-the-Month
    County                         rate              Rate*         Rate Change       Percent Change
Teton County, WY                    5.9               3.3               -2.6             -44.1%
Uinta County, WY                    4.0               3.9               -0.1              -2.5%
Albany County, WY                   3.0               3.0                0.0               0.0%
Campbell County, WY                 3.7               3.7                0.0               0.0%
Converse County, WY                 3.2               3.2                0.0               0.0%
Weston County, WY                   3.0               3.0                0.0               0.0%
Crook County, WY                    2.9               3.0                0.1               3.4%
Fremont County, WY                  4.6               4.7                0.1               2.2%
Natrona County, WY                  4.2               4.3                0.1               2.4%
Niobrara County, WY                 2.3               2.4                0.1               4.3%
Wyoming                             3.8               3.9                0.1               2.6%
Carbon County, WY                   3.6               3.8                0.2               5.6%
Goshen County, WY                   2.7               2.9                0.2               7.4%
Johnson County, WY                  3.6               3.8                0.2               5.6%
Sweetwater County, WY               3.8               4.0                0.2               5.3%
Laramie County, WY                  3.5               3.8                0.3               8.6%
Lincoln County, WY                  3.6               3.9                0.3               8.3%
Park County, WY                     4.5               4.8                0.3               6.7%
Sheridan County, WY                 3.5               3.8                0.3               8.6%
Hot Springs County,                 3.2               3.6                0.4              12.5%
Platte County, WY                   3.0               3.5                0.5              16.7%
Sublette County, WY                 4.0               4.5                0.5              12.5%
Washakie County, WY                 3.4               4.1                0.7              20.6%
Big Horn County, WY                 4.2               5.2                1.0              23.8%

*preliminary




Table 3: Wyoming counties not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates over-the-year percent
changes ranked from lowest to highest for December 2018
 
                                 Year ago                           Over-the-Year      Over-the-Year
   County                          Rate               Rate*          Rate Change       Percent Change
Converse County, WY                 4.0                3.2               -0.8             -20.0%
Weston County, WY                   3.8                3.0               -0.8             -21.1%
Natrona County, WY                  5.0                4.3               -0.7             -14.0%
Fremont County, WY                  5.2                4.7               -0.5              -9.6%
Campbell County, WY                 4.1                3.7               -0.4              -9.8%
Sheridan County, WY                 4.1                3.8               -0.3              -7.3%
Johnson County, WY                  4.0                3.8               -0.2              -5.0%
Teton County, WY                    3.5                3.3               -0.2              -5.7%
Uinta County, WY                    4.1                3.9               -0.2              -4.9%
Crook County, WY                    3.1                3.0               -0.1              -3.2%
Sweetwater County, WY               4.1                4.0               -0.1              -2.4%
Wyoming                             4.0                3.9               -0.1              -2.5%
Carbon County, WY                   3.8                3.8                0.0               0.0%
Lincoln County, WY                  3.9                3.9                0.0               0.0%
Platte County, WY                   3.5                3.5                0.0               0.0%
Niobrara County, WY                 2.3                2.4                0.1               4.3%
Hot Springs County, WY              3.4                3.6                0.2               5.9%
Laramie County, WY                  3.6                3.8                0.2               5.6%
Park County, WY                     4.6                4.8                0.2               4.3%
Albany County, WY                   2.7                3.0                0.3              11.1%
Goshen County, WY                   2.6                2.9                0.3              11.5%
Washakie County, WY                 3.8                4.1                0.3               7.9%
Sublette County, WY                 4.0                4.5                0.5              12.5%
Big Horn County, WY                 4.1                5.2                1.1              26.8%

*preliminary




Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Research & Planning

January 22, 2019

Contacts:

David Bullard, Senior Economist, 307-473-3810


Carola Cowan, BLS Programs Supervisor, 307-473-3804



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