State unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent; Sheridan County’s at 7 percent

SHERIDAN — Figures released this week by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show no change in the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from December 2012 to January 2013.

The metric held steady at 4.9 percent during both months.

January’s jobless rate was also down from the January 2012 measurement of 5.7 percent. While the most recent figure failed to show much month-to-month improvement, it remained significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 7.9 percent.

In terms of real numbers, nearly all Wyoming counties followed their normal seasonal unemployment patterns and saw an increase in joblessness from December to January. The onset of cold weather and the end of the holiday season tend to bring employment decreases to fields including construction, retail trade, hospitality and government, according to a media release from Workforce Services.

The largest unemployment rate increases during the period studied occurred in Washakie and Johnson Counties. Those areas suffered a 1.8 percent and 1.5 percent increase respectively. On the flip side, the winter tourist season brought a .8 percent decrease in unemployment to Teton County.

In January, Lincoln County posted the highest unemployment rate of 8.1 percent while Converse County posted the lowest at 4.3 percent.

Sheridan County’s unemployment rate was 7 percent.

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