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Wyoming April unemployment rate down, Natrona County at 3.5%

Crews work on the new facade in preparation for an upcoming Michaels store at Blackmore Marketplace in east Casper on April 3, 2019. The store replaces a Gap and a Shoe Carnival, which both closed last year. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The unemployment rate in Wyoming fell to 3.6% in April and 3.5% in Natrona County.

The statewide unemployment rate is down from 3.6% in March. It is also down from the 4% unemployment rate in April 2018. Natrona recorded a 4% unemployment rate in March and a 4.5% rate in April 2018.

This data was announced in a Tuesday, May 21 Wyoming Department of Workforce Services news release.

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

The unemployment rate is defined as “the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.”

Workforce Services added the definition of unemployed: “All persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.”

Wyoming’s unemployment rate matches the national rate at 3.6%. The department said that unemployment rates generally fall from March to April.

“Warmer spring weather often brings job gains in construction, professional & business services, and other sectors,” the release reads.

Compared to a year ago, the unemployment rate “fell in nearly every county, suggesting a general tightening in the state’s labor market,” Workforce Services added.

Natrona saw the fourth largest dip, behind Lincoln, Fremont and Hot Springs counties. The lowest unemployment rate in the state was recorded in Niobrara County at 2.2%.

May’s unemployment numbers are expected to be released June 25, the department wrote.

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services