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Casper unemployment rate down from 2022

Unemployment has fallen throughout Casper, according to a new economic report by the Department of Administration and Information.

The Casper Business Center seen downtown on Monday. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — As of the end of January, unemployment in the Casper area had fallen roughly 0.5% from where it stood at the same point in 2022, dropping from roughly 5.1% to 4.6%.

According to the latest Economic Indicators Report from the Department of Administration and Information, the drop is a sign of continued economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. By January, Natrona County as a whole had recovered about 86% of the 4,300 jobs lost during the height of the pandemic.

Total non-farm payroll jobs numbered 39,100 in January, higher than the total a year ago by 1,100. This marks an increase of approximately 2.9%.

Overall, the Casper Economic Health Index reported an index value of 103.1 in January, higher than the January 2022 value of 102.1. In each of the past six months — from August 2022 to January 2023 — the CaEHI reported year-over-year increases, with the largest increase occurring in August.