Teton County last month posted the highest unemployment in the state at 7.9% of the county’s workforce idle. That is a rise in the jobless rate from 5.2% in October. However, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services quickly points out that it is normal for unemployment to increase during November because the summer tourist season has ended and the ski season has not begun. Still, the unemployment rate this November is not quite as bad as it was in November 2013 when the rate spiked to 8.3%. Park County similarly saw a seasonal rise in unemployment, although it was not as dramatic there. Wyoming’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent over the past two months from 4.7% to 4.5% which is significantly lower than the national unemployment rate of 5.8%.
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