Nebraska’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August, despite dropping slightly in the state’s three major metropolitan areas.
The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the state unemployment rate is 3.2%, up from 3.1% in July.
State Labor Commissioner John Albin speculates that more people returned to the labor force, causing the slight uptick. The total number of jobs remained over the one million mark in August for the sixth straight month.
In the Omaha metropolitan area, the unemployment rate fell from 3.6% to 3.5%. The Lincoln unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to settle at 3% last month. The Grand Island unemployment rate dropped from 3.5% in July to 3.3% in August.
The Labor Department reports nonfarm employment for August totaled 1,017,899, an increase of 10,077 over the year.
The economic sectors experiencing the most growth this year are education and health services with 4,712 jobs added; leisure and hospitality with 3,616 jobs added; and professional and business services with 2,299 jobs added.
The state unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 4.9%, which remained unchanged from July.