The state unemployment rate remained steady at 3% in May.
The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the preliminary unemployment rate for May at 3%, unchanged from the rate in April. In fact, the state rate has remained unchanged since June of last year.
Nebraska ranks third among the states with the lowest unemployment rate. South Dakota is number one at 2.5%. New Hampshire is second at 2.7%.
“May was another month of strong employment growth in Nebraska, while unemployment claims continued to decline,” Commissioner of Labor John Albin said in a written statement released by the department. “Growth occurred across the metropolitan areas and in numerous industries.”
Nonfarm employment grew by 9,062 over the month and by 14,636 over the year, according to the department.
Leisure and hospitality as well as education and health services have been the two sectors which have experienced the best job growth this year. Leisure and hospitality has added 5,322 jobs this year with education and health services adding slightly more than 5,000.
Mining and construction as well as trade, transportation, and utilities grew last month.
Both Omaha and Lincoln saw their unemployment rates fall slightly. The Omaha metropolitan area unemployment rate dropped from 3.2% to 3%. The Lincoln unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent, from 2.7% to 2.5%.
The national unemployment rate for May was 4.7% down slightly from April.