County’s jobless rate goes up

Alexis Barker, News Edtior

Weston County unemployment increased slightly from July to August, from 2.1% to 2.2%, according to the Sept. 20 report from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Research and Planning section.


Despite the increase, the county’s unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the state. 


“Teton County, at 1.5%, had the lowest unemployment rate in August. It was followed by Converse, Niobrara and Weston counties, each at 2.2%,” the report says. “The highest unemployment rates were found in Fremont County at 3.3% and Big Horn and Sweetwater counties, each at 3.2%.” 


With an unemployment rate of 2.2%, the report states that the county had 2,766 people employed out of the 3,851 people in the workforce. This means the total number of unemployed individuals in August was 85. 


From July to August, statewide seasonally adjusted rates dropped from 3% to 2.9% and the national seasonally adjusted rate climbed from 3.5% to 3.8%, according to the report. 


Seasonal adjustment, the report says, is 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.” 


Other counties on the east side of the state are also fairing better than both the state and national unemployment rates. The report states that in August, Campbell County had an unemployment rate of 2.7%, Crook County was at 2.3%, and Goshen County was at 2.4%. 


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