October 22, 2014

State unemployment rate drops to 3.8%

Nebraska continues to enjoy an enviable state unemployment rate.

The State Department of Labor reports the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June settles just below 4% at 3.8%. That’s a notch better than the 3.9% May unemployment rate and more than 4% below the national unemployment rate of 8.2%.

The state rate is the lowest it has been since December of 2008. The department reports the number of people employed is nearly 25,000 more than at the end of 2008. From May to June of this year, non-farm employment rose to 968,628 jobs, representing an increase of 3,729 jobs, according to the department. Areas of job growth, according to the department, include Mining and Construction and Leisure and Hospitality industries.

The unemployment rates for Nebraska’s two metropolitan inched up a bit in June. The Omaha unemployment rate rose from 4.2% in May to 4.4% in June. The Lincoln rate rose from 3.7% to 3.4%.

PDF file from Dept of Labor on Monthly State Unemployment Rate