ski season

Wyoming's unemployment rate holds steady

Mar 19, 2013

Wyoming’s unemployment rate held steady from December to January, according to the latest numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

At 4.9 percent, Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is well below the national average of almost 8 percent. The state’s rate is also slightly lower than in January 2012.

Unemployment rates jumped more than one percent in Washakie and Johnson counties across the construction, retail and leisure sectors in January.

Warm weather has caused Casper’s Hogadon Ski Area to postpone its opening day. The slopes were set to open this Saturday, but Anna Wyttenback of Casper’s Leisure Services Department says they’ll push it back more than a week in hopes of some 15° or colder days, when they can start making snow. Wyttenback says Hogadon isn’t worried about its ski season yet.

“I think we’ll cross that bridge as we get there, but we’re definitely hoping for a snowfall like we had last winter. And we’ll just have to wait a little further into December and see how that goes.”