The Wyoming unemployment rate went up again in August, making it the third consecutive month with an increase in joblessness. Wyoming’s unemployment increased from 5.6% to 5.7% in August. Senior Economist with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, David Bullard, says it’s not totally clear what’s responsible for the slight loss of jobs, but the slowdown of the energy sector is likely contributing. Bullard says Wyoming is still doing better than most other states.
The Department of Workforce Services says the unemployment rate increased slightly in July, for the second month in a row.
Carola Cowan with the Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are a number of possible reasons for the increase.
“Job gains from natural resources and mining have slowed down from earlier in the year,” Cowan said. “Natural gas prices have remained low, so that kind of affects us. Also, the national recovery has been fairly slow. … And of course the still-weak global economy.”