The Nebraska Labor Department released Augusts’ unemployment figures and Commissioner Catherine Lang says conditions are slowly improving.
“And this is down by one-tenth of a percent from last month and 2/10ths of a percent from last year so this is certainly good news as we look from August to August. July data did not change so we remained unchanged in July and came into August going downward and that is always a good thing.”
The statewide unemployment rate for August came in at 4.6%. July’s rate was 4.7% and the June rate was 4.9%t. Lang says manufacturing jobs continue to rise.
“I think that the most telling increase for is what is going on the manufacturing industry, especially from a statewide perspective. We have almost 500 more manufacturing jobs than we had a year ago. That was one of our hardest hit sectors over the last 18 months and to see that sector bottom out and come back up is certainly a very encouraging sign.”
Lang says there was also improvement in the leisure and hospitality sector in 2010.
“We were looking at a trend over the last three years and what we saw was that even though it will go down this fall, it went up higher this summer than the summer before and we are almost at the 2008 level.”
The state rate is seasonally adjusted.
Lang broke down numbers for the Omaha and Omaha metro area. Those are not seasonally adjusted.
“We do two rates for Omaha. One is the city which is 3.7. The Omaha MSA, which is a larger region than just Omaha. It actually includes Council Bluffs shows a rate of 4.9 but I think it is really encouraging that the Omaha rate is at 3.7.”