The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the state unemployment rate fell slightly from 3.1% in March to 3% in April. The unemployment rate for the Omaha metropolitan area fell from 3.2% to 2.9%. Lincoln continues to boast a strong economy with the unemployment rate dipping slightly, from 2.6% to 2.5%. In Grand Island, the unemployment rate actually rose, from 3.3% in March to 3.5% last month.
Total nonfarm employment remains above one million in Nebraska, raising from 1.013 million in March to 1.023 million in April. Employment in Omaha topped half a million. Lincoln has a labor force approaching 200,000. Even though the unemployment rate in Grand Island rose slightly, its labor force did as well. The Labor Department reports nonfarm employment in Grand Island rose from 42,533 to 42,916.
The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percent from 4.5% to 4.4%.