State Jobless Rate Dips Slightly

CHEYENNE, (AP) - Wyoming labor officials say the state's unemployment rate has fallen for the first time since February 2008, but only slightly. The Wyoming Department of Employment said Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in February, down from 7.6 percent in January. The rate was 4.8 percent in February 2009.

The rate had been rising since reaching 2.7 percent in February 2008. The number of non-agricultural wage and salary jobs in Wyoming has fallen by about 12,800 non-agricultural wage over the last year, a drop of about 4.5 percent. The losses include about 3,200 natural resources and mining jobs, about 3,000 jobs in construction, and about 1,600 in leisure and hospitality.