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Explaining lower Wyoming unemployment rates

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Over the past year Sheridan County has seen its unemployment rate drop from 6.1 percent to 5.4.  In Johnson County the drop was 6.1 to 5.3.

But how did this happen when there wasn't a major industry boom in the area?

"Many job seekers are finally accepting some lower paying jobs in our area.  Now we have had a couple new businesses, but they're more in the service industry," said Chanda Richards, manager at the Sheridan Workforce Center.

One of those new businesses is a Qdoba in Sheridan, which rescued Desirae Cahhal from over a year and a half of unemployment, after getting laid off from a bank job.

"I was there for two years and it was just unfortunate circumstances combined with the economy.  I applied for bank jobs.  I applied for anything, including fast food jobs.  I basically applied for everything that was open," said Cahhal.

So far she is enjoying her new job and new finances.

"It's amazing.  We just got our first checks last week and I was able to pay all my own bills for the first time in a year and a half," said Cahhal.

And since she is working at least 40 hours a week her pay is actually similar to her last full-time job as a bank teller.

Although she might be one of the lucky ones.  The Workforce Center says many job seekers are abandoning their ideal industries and taking much lower paying jobs.

"It's kind of a matter of how many months that job search continues and what that person is willing to accept," said Richards.

Qdoba opened three weeks ago and hired 50 workers out of more than 100 applicants.

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