State Jobless Rate Jumps to 5.9% in June

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The state jobless rate is up nearly a full percentage point to 5.9% from May to last month, as job growth was outpaced by a growing labor force.

Wyoming labor officials said yesterday more than 7,200 jobs were added in June, but many were positions filled by new job seekers, including recent graduates and students looking for summer work. Usually the state adds about 9,800 jobs each June.

While the monthly rise was significant, the June rate is well below the national mark of 9.5%. The greatest declines were in construction and in natural resources and mining, while job gains were reported in retail trade and professional and business services.

Big Horn County had the state's highest unemployment rate in June at 7.9%. Fremont County ranked second at 7.4%, followed by Lincoln and Johnson Counties at 6.7%.

Albany and Sublette Counties had the lowest unemployment rates at 4.2%, followed by Teton County at 4.7%.

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