Nebraska’s unemployment rate, already the lowest in the country, dipped slightly last month.
The state Department of Labor announced the preliminary unemployment rate for March was 2.6%, down ever so slightly from the February unemployment rate of 2.7%.
The Nebraska unemployment rate is half a percentage point better than the North Dakota unemployment rate of 3.1%, which has increased due to a softening of the oil industry. Utah ranks third with an unemployment rate of 3.4%, followed by South Dakota at 3.5% and Minnesota at 3.7%.
The national unemployment rate in March stood at 5.5%.
Nonfarm employment in Nebraska reached 993,453 in March, up by over 12,000 compared to last March, according to the Nebraska Department of Labor.
Employment growth occurred in education and health services, professional and business services, and financial activities.
The Omaha metropolitan area had an unemployment rate of 3.1%. Lincoln checked in with an unemployment rate of only 2.3%.