WY Unemployment Rate Lowest in Three Years

by Taylor Viydo, tviydo@k2tv.com 
Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at it's lowest level in over three years. 
In November, the statewide unemployment rate dropped slightly to from 5.2% to 5.1%. The last time the rate was that low was in March of 2009. 
The jobless rates in Natrona and Laramie counties both rose slightly by 4-tenths of a percent. The November rate in Natrona County was 4.5% and the rate in Laramie County was 5.5%. 
In Fremont County, the rate by rose by half a percentage point to 6.0%, making that rate the third highest in the state.
However, state economists say the largest increases in unemployment were seen in areas that rely heavily on tourism, such as Teton County where the rate jumped from 6.1% in October to 9.6% percent in November. 
Lincoln County, which also relies on the tourism sector, had the second-highest jobless rate at 6.7%, up from 5.6% in October. 
Meanwhile, Sublette County had the lowest unemployment rate in November at just 3.6%.  
The national jobless rate in November was 7.7%.