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Wyoming unemployment rate ticks down in May

June 21, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

Wyoming’s jobless rate dropped slightly in May on the usual summer upswing in warm-weather jobs, particularly in the state’s tourism-heavy northwest.

The state’s seasonal unemployment rate in May slipped to 5.2 percent from 5.3 percent in April, according to the Wyoming Department Of Workforce Services’ research and planning section.

The rate is considerably lower than the 6 percent rate in May 2011 and far below the current U.S. rate of 8.2 percent.

Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents rose by 927 from April to May.

Most Wyoming counties followed their normal seasonal pattern and decreased from April to May, led by Wyoming’s northwestern counties of Teton, Lincoln and Park.

Sublette County claimed the state’s lowest jobless rate at 3.2 percent followed by Campbell County’s 3.9 percent and Albany County’s 4 percent. Natrona County stood at 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 in April.

Reach Jeremy Fugleberg at 307-266-0623 or jeremy.fugleberg@trib.com. Read his blog at http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/boom/ and follow him on Twitter: @jerenergy.

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Posted in State-and-regional, Business, Updates, Casper on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:00 am Updated: 9:56 pm. | Tags: Unemployment, Wyoming Department Of Workforce Services, Albany County, Campbell County, Sublette County, Teton County, Park County, Lincoln County, Tourism, Jeremy Fugleberg

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