The state unemployment rate nudged up a bit in June.
The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the preliminary state unemployment rose 0.2% from May to settle at 4% in June.
“I continue to be encouraged by Nebraska’s nonfarm employment, which has continued to rise since the beginning of the year. We had 2,900 more jobs this month than last month and around 12,000 more jobs than last year at this time,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang in a written statement released by her office. “The Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey shows that the increase in individuals re-entering the workforce continues, and this contributes to the higher unemployment rate.”
Three sectors provide the largest job growth: leisure and hospitality; trade, transportation and utilities; and mining and construction.
The unemployment rate for Omaha rose half a percentage point in June to 4.6%. The Lincoln unemployment rate also rose half a percentage point to 4%.
The national unemployment rate remains at 7.6%.