By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wyo. – The state unemployment rate fell last month, to 7.1 percent. That's three consecutive months of encouraging employment reports in Wyoming.
The construction sector led job growth in the state, adding 1300 jobs in April. Public sector hiring was flat. University of Wyoming economist Rob Godby says that's a significant shift. "Prior to this report the increases look like they've all been generated mainly due to census hiring by the government," he said. "And these numbers - the government employment actually fell, and the private sector picked it up. And so the unemployment rate fell basically due to an increase in private sector hiring."
Godby says that's an indicator that the state could be entering a sustainable recovery. Nationally, the unemployment rate ticked up in April, to 9.9 percent.