Data in a report about the early effects of COVID-19 on Wyoming unemployment mistakenly counted weeks of unemployment rather than individuals and has been corrected.
Effects of COVID-19 on Wyoming Employment details some of the early economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment across Wyoming.
Anders Van Sandt, University of Wyoming assistant professor of regional economics and extension specialist, who wrote the report said he was informed of the data error by the agency that calculated some of the data.
“The original bulletin used weeks of unemployment claims each month rather than unique individual claimants,” said Van Sandt.
The data in Figure 2 and Table 3 in the bulletin were inflated since a unique claimant may claim multiple weeks of unemployment per month, shared Van Sandt.
“This means that some of the figures presented in the report overestimate unemployment across industries,” said Van Sandt.
The updated bulletin reflecting these changes is at https://bit.ly/covid-wy-2020-employment.