The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.5% in September to 4.1% in October. However, the recent decreases in Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate have been largely the result of unemployed individuals leaving the labor force.
From October 2020 to October 2021, the number of unemployed people in Wyoming decreased by an estimated 3,955 individuals. Estimates suggest that just over one-third of those people had found jobs and gone to work, while nearly two-thirds had stopped looking for work and dropped out of the labor force. From September to October, unemployment rates fell in most counties with the largest decreases occurring in Niobrara, down from 2.4% to 1.9%, and Sublette, down from 3.4% to 3.0.
Natrona County had the highest unemployment rate in October at 3.3%., followed by Sweetwater County at 3.1%, Sublette County at 3.0%, and Campbell County at 2.9%. The lowest rates were found in Weston County at 1.7%, Teton County at 1.8%, and Niobrara and Crook counties, each at 1.9%. From October 2020 to October 2021, jobless rates decreased in every county.