CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming’s unemployment rate more than doubled to 9.2% in April amid an energy-market downturn and measures to control the coronavirus.
Wyoming’s unemployment was 3.8% in March.
State officials first ordered the shutdown of businesses and schools and restricted public gatherings to limit the spread of the coronavirus in mid-March.
A sharp drop in oil prices due to the coronavirus and an international price war also took a toll on Wyoming’s economy.
Non-farm payroll employment in Wyoming in April fell by 26,000 to 263,000.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming's unemployment rate was nonetheless fifth-lowest in the U.S. in April.