Nebraska’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1% to 4.8% in June. Nebraska Commissioner of Labor, Catherine Lang says this takes into account what positions are “seasonally adjusted”.
“Some of our analysis attempts to take out the seasonal influence to try to give a more smooth effect as to what is going on in the labor force but we also know from a May to June time-frame, we have the potential for a lot of students to enter the labor force and by the week of the 12th, they may not be employed.”
These numbers are from May 12th to June 12th of 2010 and Lang says July’s report may show a bigger drop in the unemployment number as figures for those who became employed over the summer will show up in that report. Lang says they also compare numbers from year to year.
“What we also look at is one year to the next from June to June to June and we really aren’t seeing anything out of line for what is normal in June.”
The largest gains in private industry sectors include mining, logging and construction, leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.
Lang says the biggest news June’s report brings is it marks the first time Nebraska increased jobs over the year since November of 2008.
“This is our first increase in jobs over the period of the recession so for us this is a positive sign. We hope it continues.”
The national unemployment rate for June decreased to 9.5% and Lang says Nebraska continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.