Job losses in oil and gas industry contributed to increase in Wyoming unemployment rate

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Wyoming's unemployment rate has increased slightly to 4.1 percent.

The March jobless rate is up from February's 4.0 percent but is still lower than the national rate of 5.5 percent.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says job losses in the oil and gas industry contributed to the increase in unemployment.

The largest unemployment rate increases among counties over the month were in Big Horn, up from 5 percent to 5.7 percent; Natrona, up from 4.4 percent to 5 percent; Converse, up from 3.6 percent to 4 percent; and Uinta, up from 5.3 percent to 5.7 percent.

Fremont and Lincoln counties had the highest rates at 6.2 percent. The lowest unemployment rates were found in Niobrara County at 3 percent, followed by Albany at 3.5 percent.

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