- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming’s climbing jobless rate is higher than any time since 2012 and expected worsen as the state’s energy-driven economy slows.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/23K5Ysj) state data shows Wyoming’s 5.2 percent March unemployment rate is higher than the national average, continuing a trend that started last month.

David Bullard a senior economist with the state. He says the Wyoming’s economy is slowing and largely supported by the energy industry.

Bullard said the jobless rate is tied to layoffs in oil, gas and related sectors.

The jobless rate in March reflects a 1.3 percent increase from the same month last year.

Data for next month will reflect 460 workers who were laid off from Black Thunder and North Antelope Rochelle coal mines.

Bullard said he expects April data to be worse.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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