Casper, Wy – Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January dropped to its lowest rate in nearly 30 years. State economists say the January rate was 2-point-6 percent. That's the lowest rate since 1979. The national rate for that month was 4-point-6 percent. Wyoming added 96-hundred jobs since January 2006. That's a 3-point-7 percent increase from the previous year. The national rate of job growth for the same period was 1-point-6 percent. Natural resources and mining accounted for 26-hundred of the new
Washington D-C – Wyoming's take of homeland security funding will be less then it currently gets, but the states two Senators are equally concerned that few protections will be offered in the overall bill. Senators approved a new homeland security measure that is supposed to beef up security on planes and elsewhere. But both Wyoming Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi say it falls well short of what is needed and both voted against the bill that passed the Senate. But the Wyoming Senators are also upset that Wyoming will get almost 30 percent less in homeland security dollars.
Laramie, Wy – The nation's mortgage and home loan company watchdog has issued a report showing Wyoming leading the nation in the rate of home price appreciation. The Office of Federal housing enterprise oversight says that Wyoming ranks second in the nation when it comes to the rise in housing prices. They gained nearly 15 percent in value over the past year and more than 60 percent over the past 5 years. Wyoming association of realtors president John Gibbs says low supply and high demand are driving that home appreciation.
Laramie, Wy – While he was highly successful in his first five years,it was the last four years that cost Wyoming basketball coach Steve McClain his job. Wyoming fired McClain and will pay him 380 thousand dollars to buy out the remaining three years on his contract. Athletic Director Tom Burman says the teams lack of success on the court smaller attendance and even some academic issues entered into the decision. Wyoming has not been to the post season since 2003, and has played lost more games then it has played in that time frame.
Greeley, Colorado – A former University of Northern Colorado backup punter who allegedly stabbed the starter is pleading NOT guilty to the attempted murder and assault charges he's facing. Mitch Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming entered his pleas in a Greeley courtroom this morning to charges of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault. A trial is now scheduled for July 30th. Cozad is accused of stabbing Rafael Mendoza in a dimly lit parking lot at his apartment complex last September.