WPR News
10:26 am
Fri April 1, 2005

Nation's Lowest Unemployment Now Found in the Cowboy State

Cheyenne, WY – The state of Wyoming now has the nation's lowest unemployment rate. The Wyoming Department of Employment reports the jobless rate fell to 2.9% in February. Hawaii has the second lowest rate at 3.0%, followed by North Dakota and Virginia at 3.3%. Nationwide, unemployment was 5.4% in February. Some 5,900 jobs were created in Wyoming in February when compared to a year ago. The Department of Employment says high energy prices are producing the continued economic growth. Jobs in the Natural Resources & Mining sector grew by 2,600 from a year ago. Sublette County has the state's lowest unemployment at 2.1%. The lowest ever unemployment rate in Wyoming was in February of 1979, when it was 1.9%.