Sublette unemployment holds steady

WYOMING – The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady for May 2021 in the latest numbers released by Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’ Research & Planning section earlier this week.

That rate remained at 5.4 percent – the same as it was in April. That’s significantly lower than last year’s unemployment rate of 8.5 percent from May, and slightly less than the national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

Sublette County continued to hold the second-highest unemployment rate, although numbers indicate it tied Sweetwater County with a 6.7-percent rate. Both of those were better than Natrona County’s leading 6.9-percent rate.

The department stated the largest raises in unemployment remain largely dependent on the state’s energy sector.

Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming rose from 263,300 in May last year to 273,000 this year. That’s roughly an increase of 3.8 percent and can largely be explained by the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research & Planning has scheduled July 19 for the date it will release this year’s June employment numbers.