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Wyoming Jobless Rate Down Slightly In August

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Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in August, according to a new state report.

That’s down from 5.7 percent the month before. But it’s still considerably higher than the state’s August 2015 jobless rate of 4.3 percent. The national unemployment rate last month was 4.9 percent.

While the state unemployment rate is still well above the national average, several of the state’s counties got some good news between July and August.

That included several fo the big energy producing counties.

Unemployment in Campbell County fell from 7.5 percent to 6.8 percent, in Natrona County unemployment fell from 7.3 percent to 6.8 percent, and Sweetwater County’s jobless rate dropped to 5.7 percent from a July rate of 6.3 percent.

Laramie County‘s unemployment rate held steady at 4 percent between July and August.

The recent trend of low jobless rates in Wyoming counties that have little or no energy sector held true again in August. Teton County had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 2 percent while Niobrara, Albany and Goshen counties all had jobless rates of 3.3 percent.

Despite significant drops in unemployment from the month before Campbell and Natrona counties, with their unemployment rate of 6.8 percent still had the highest jobless figures in Wyoming in August.

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