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3:57 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

In This Class, Being A Good Parent Means Being A Good Dad

David Simpson and his family.
Credit Miles Bryan

Building a stable life without much money or job skills is hard by yourself. Doing it with kids is much, much harder. State governments across the country recognize this fact, and have responded with assistance programs for single and low income parents. But they’re almost always just for moms. Since 2008 Wyoming has been bucking that trend with Dads Making a Difference, a Cheyenne program that teaches dads job skills, and parenting skills too. I visited a class during orientation week.

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12:47 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Wyoming Unemployment Rises

Wyoming’s unemployment rate rose 0.4 percent in July. It’s a statistically significant jump, but Tom Gallagher, with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, said this rise in unemployment could actually indicate positive growth for the economy, and may not mean people are losing their jobs.

People who have stopped actively looking for work are not counted in unemployment statistics. Gallagher said a spike in unemployment rates could mean those workers have started up their job searches again.

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4:13 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Unemployment Up Slightly

The Wyoming unemployment rate rose slightly last month.   

The Department of Workforce Services says the rate was 3.8 % in May a point-one percent increase from April.  But the Department says that is due to young people leaving school and entering the workforce. 

The unemployment rate dropped nearly a full percentage point from May of last year where it stood at 4.6%. 

The lowest unemployment rate was in Converse County at 2.8%, the highest unemployment rate was in Teton County at 5.7%. 

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7:04 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Unemployment Is Down, But So Is Job Growth

Wyoming’s statewide unemployment rate fell very slightly from four-point-four percent in December to four-point-three percent in January.  The Wyoming Department of workforce services says most of the state saw improvement from the same time during previous year.  But Economist David Bullard says it was not all good, noting that job growth was slow.

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5:15 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Wyoming’s job growth is slow but steady

Wyoming’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since January 2009 when the economic downturn began to affect the state.  It’s now at 4.4 percent.  This time last year, it was 5 percent.  The national unemployment rate is 7 percent. 

Senior Economist at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, David Bullard, says that although this month’s progress is good news, job growth could still be improved.   “The job growth has been very slow, well under one percent,” he says.  “That presents a challenge to the state’s economy.”

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5:01 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Jobless rate stagnant

The Wyoming unemployment rate continues to stay the same, and job growth is also flat.  The October rate rose slightly from the September rate of 4.5 percent.

Economist David Bullard with the Department of Workforce Services says counties such as Laramie, Converse Natrona, and Teton continue to see steady job growth, but statewide job growth is not strong.

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8:07 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Slow job growth in Wyoming likely to last

Mining job losses in Wyoming at the end of 2012 have contributed to the lowest job and payroll growth in the state in over two years, despite modest economic growth overall.

David Bullard is a senior economist with the Wyoming Department of Workforce services. He says that the slight increases in tourism-related fields, such as accommodation and food service, are not making up for heavy losses elsewhere.

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5:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Unemployment dropped slightly in April

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly from March to April of this year.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported that the unemployment rate shrank in almost every county last month. The biggest decrease happened in Sheridan County, where unemployment dropped from 6.8 percent to 5.7 percent.

Converse County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, where it dropped half a percent to 3.5.

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4:43 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits will be reduced

Emergency unemployment compensation program benefits will be reduced under the federal government’s budget sequester. 

Wyoming Workforce Services Director Joan Evans that the program provides unemployed individuals who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits.  Evans says the reduction will likely be noticeable.

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6:51 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Wyoming's stable unemployment numbers are notable

For the fourth straight month, Wyoming’s unemployment rate remains at four point nine percent.  University of Wyoming Economist Anne Alexander says the news is surprising when you consider low natural gas prices and concerns about the coal industry. 

Things having to do with regulations coming on-line about coal, things having to do with the price of natural gas, I think what’s interesting is that either people are just kind of waiting and not sort of laying off a lot of people, a lot of people aren’t leaving and a lot of people aren’t rushing in either.”

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12:02 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Wyoming's unemployment rate holds steady

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.

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7:53 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Wyoming labor force is shrinking

Although Wyoming's unemployment rate dropped from November to December by 0.2 percent, the state labor force has also decreased by about 2,500 people in the last year, signaling that the economy might be worsening. 

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Senior Economist David Bullard says the low unemployment rate doesn't tell the whole story about the state of Wyoming's economy.

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5:45 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Wyoming's Unemployment rate continues to drop

The unemployment rate in Wyoming continues to decrease.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that November’s workless rate was 5-point-one percent, the lowest it’s been since spring of 2009.

Numbers have gone down little by little since the 5-point-seven percent unemployment rate reported at this time last year and Wyoming continues to stay significantly lower than the national average of 7-point-7 percent.

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3:27 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Wyoming’s Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.4 percent in September to 5.2percent in October. This is lower still than the same time last year, and much lower than the current national average of 7.9 percent.

Senior Economist David Bullard says the decrease is not statistically significant, but it does speak to Wyoming’s overall economic health.

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5:14 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

WY Unemployment Rate Rises for Third Consecutive Month

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.

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5:24 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wyoming jobless rate up slightly

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.”

But Cowan says there’s no major cause for alarm.

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12:05 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Wyoming's unemployment remains unchanged

Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment
rate remained unchanged in December compared to November and has
been about the same for the past six months.
     The unemployment rate in December was 5.8 percent and has kept
between 5.7 and 5.9 percent since last June. The December rate was
down considerably from the 6.4 percent unemployment seen in
December 2010.
     The Department of Workforce Services reports jobless rates fell
from December 2010 to December 2011 in 22 of Wyoming's 23 counties.

5:47 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Wyoming unemployment picture remains steady

 The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says that the state’s unemployment in October was at five-point-seven percent, well below national figures of nine percent.   David Bullard is a Senior Economist with the department.

“The unemployment rate came down a tenth of percent from September to October.  But it has really been in the narrow range of five point seven to five point nine in the past few months, so little change.  But it is lower than a year ago.”