SHERIDAN — Sheridan County’s unemployment rate for December 2013 rose slightly to 4.9 percent, up 0.5 percent from the previous month. Statewide, the unemployment rate averages 4.4 percent, a figure that is unchanged from November, but 0.5 percent lower than the same months in 2012.
Senior Economist for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Research and Planning David Bullard said the month of December usually provides for a temporary decrease in unemployment.
“Typically, we see retail employment increase in December followed by a large decrease in January,” he said, referring to temporary jobs created by stores looking for workers to pull extra shifts during the Christmas shopping season.
“I think that happens everywhere and it’s treated the same in the statistical system,” he said.
That aside, unemployment fell consistently in each county within the state between 2012 and 2013, which the department cites as a potential indicator of statewide economic improvement.
The highest unemployment rate in the state was in Teton County, 6.4 percent, and the lowest was 3.2 percent in Sublette County.