Unemployment rises to 6.5%

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's unemployment rate climbed to 6.5% in July, up from 5.9% in June. David Bullard is the senior economist with the state Department of Employment. He says unemployment keeps rising, but Wyoming is still doing well compared to the rest of the country: "Back in January we were at 3.7%, now we're at 6.5, but compared to other states we're kind of the same in the rankings, we're at fifth lowest unemployment rate."

But Bullard says the state is losing a lot of jobs. In July of 2008, there were about 9,000 unemployed people in Wyoming. The number this July was about 18,000. The counties with the highest unemployment rates are Big Horn, Fremont, and Lincoln. The lowest rates are in Albany and Teton counties.