Sublette unemployment drop among largest in state

WYOMING – Sublette County experienced one of the state’s largest drops in unemployment from March to April.

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported on May 23 the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped slightly in April.

Statistics show the state’s rate fell from 3.4 percent in March to 3.3 percent in April. That’s down from the national average of 3.6 percent and well below the peak rate of 8.6 percent in May 2020, from which the state continues to recover. Detailed data suggests the state increased its workforce by 581 individuals.

Jobless rates fell slightly in most counties from March to April, except for Teton County because of the end of ski season.

Sublette County experienced a drop from 6.4 percent to 4.4 percent – which was one of the largest in the state. However, the county’s 4.4-percent rate remains tied with Natrona County for the highest in Wyoming.

Total non-farm employment in Wyoming rose from 272,300 to 280,800 over a year leading up to April 2022. That was a 3.1-percent increase.

The state plans to release May unemployment numbers in a news release on June 20.