Unemployment increases slightly in Wyoming

Sep 20, 2011

CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - New numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show a slight increase in unemployment statistics in Wyoming for the month of August.

The state's unemployment rate rose from 5.7-percent in July to 5.8-percent in August. However, in August of 2010, unemployment in Wyoming stood at 6.3-percent.

The Department of Employment's Carola Cowan says the point-one-percent increase is not a statistically significant change.

"I don't believe there's a problem, I just think that we're seeing a leveling off now where we've been decreasing since January 2010, our unemployment rates been decreasing and at one point we're going to have to level off and I think we may have just reached that point now. So I think we're doing well, and we don't really have anything to be concerned about unless something really dramatic is going to happen."

The national unemployment rate stands at 9.1-percent.