The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services released statistics Wednesday that show Sheridan and Johnson Counties were in the top three of counties across the state with the lowest percentage of those who are unemployed. In November, the state of Wyoming as a whole saw a slight decrease - from 5.2 percent to last year's figure of 5.1 percent.
Teton County saw the greatest decrease in Wyoming, from 11.2 percent to 9.6 percent, with Johnson County and Sheridan Counties filling in the top three.
Manager of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Chandra Richards, breaks down the figures for Sheridan County.
Richards explains that Johnson County saw an even greater decrease in unemployment percentages.
But does this mean the economic outlook is improving in the two counties? Richards says she thinks so.
Decker Coal recently announced that the Decker Coal Mine in Montana would be laying off 75 mobile equipment operators later this month. Although many of those who would lose their positions at the mine will file for unemployment in Montana, Richards says it's possible we could see the impact of the layoffs in Sheridan County.
Overall, the Cowboy State is faring much better than the rest of the nation when it comes to the employment of its citizens, as the national unemployment percentage for November - a seasonally adjusted average - was 7.7 percent.