Wyoming’s unemployment rate ticked up 2-10ths of a point in February to 5.3%, ending a downward trend in unemployment that followed the easing of coronavirus public health orders.
The state’s jobless rate peaked at 8.5% last May, but had dropped all the way to 5.1% in January. Still, Feb’s 5.3% is nearly a full point lower than the U.S. average.
The Wyoming Dept of Workforce Services says the state had about 15,000 fewer jobs in February than it did a year earlier, just before the start of the pandemic. Natrona County had the state’s highest unemployment in Feb at 8.9%.