Wyoming’s unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 5.6 percent.
The May jobless rate is up from April’s 5.5 percent and higher than the national rate of 4.7 percent. A year ago, in May 2015, Wyoming’s rate stood at 4.2 percent.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says Campbell County had the highest unemployment rate in the state last month at 8 percent, followed by Natrona County at 7.5 percent. Both counties have been hit hard with layoffs in the energy industry.
Albany County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9 percent in May. It was followed by Niobrara at 3.1 percent, Goshen at 3.5 percent and Laramie at 4 percent.