Lincoln’s low unemployment rate of 3.2% is being celebrated in a recent USA Today article.
The article ranks the Capital City as the fourth-lowest in the nation, below three North Dakota cities (Bismark, Fargo and Grand Forks).
Director of the Department of Economic Development Cathy Lang says it’s always great to see Nebraska communities make those kinds of list. However, it comes as a double-edged sword.
“While the rate may appear very low, we also know that there are members of our community working part-time job when they rather have full-time hours”, She says.
Lang says the unemployment number may be skewed because there’s still a large number of Nebraskans working multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet.
A bright spot is education. Lang says there’s a pipeline in the state from the education system that’s turning out talented young people. She adds there’s also a high number of engagement in the workforce.
“There’s always opportunity for growth in Nebraska’s economy, even though that unemployment rate is very low”.