Wyoming lost 2,200 Jobs from July to August

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's unemployment rate edged up to 6.6% in August, as the state lost 2,200 jobs.

The Wyoming Department of Employment reported Wednesday that August's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up from 6.5% in July. The month-to-month increase is not considered statistically significant.

Big Horn and Fremont Counties had the highest August unemployment rates at 7.7%, while Albany County had the lowest at 4.1%.

The department reports Wyoming lost 11,000 jobs since August 2008. The natural resource and mining sector shed 5,300 jobs, down 17.5% from last August.

Wyoming's unemployment rate is the highest it's been in more than 20 years, but it's still below the national rate of 9.7%.