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Apr 25, 2012 - The Associated Press

State jobless rate down again

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Wyoming's unemployment rate is down for the seventh straight month.

The state Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday that Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 5.3 percent, down from 5.4 percent in February.

There were about 5,500 more people employed this March than last March, a 1.9 percent increase.

Sublette County, home to large natural gas fields, once again had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.5 percent. Lincoln County had the highest rate at 8.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent.

Well failure prompts evacuation

GLENROCK (AP) -- Some residents near Douglas have been asked to evacuate because of a backflow failure at a natural gas well.

Large amounts of gas were coming out of the ground on Tuesday night. Residents of one subdivision were asked to leave their homes but it's not clear how many did so.

The owner of the well, Chesapeake Energy, paid for 45 hotel rooms in Casper and Douglas for those who evacuated.

Chesapeake Energy says no workers were injured and that it was working to bring the well under control.

Great Lakes Airlines to drop Gillette

GILLETTE (AP) -- Great Lakes Airlines is dropping its service to Gillette Campbell County Airport on May 17.

Great Lakes had provided two round trips per day between Gillette and Denver on its 19-seat aircraft.

The departure marks the end of a 13-year relationship between the airport and the Cheyenne-based airline, which for years offered the only flights to and from Gillette.

Airport Director Jay Lundell said competition from new airlines and opportunities in other cities made it more profitable for Great Lakes to look for business elsewhere.

Lundell says SkyWest Airlines could help to fill the void.

SkyWest now runs three daily round-trip flights between Denver in Gillette on a 30-seat plane.

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