The state Department of Labor reports the preliminary unemployment rate for October held steady at 2.9%, the same as in September. The rate has fallen slightly from the October 2014 rate of 3.1%.
Nonfarm employment topped one million, up more than 12,000 compare to a year ago. The sectors of the economy seeing the strongest growth so far this year were education and health services, financial activities, and other services. Trade, transportation and utilities had the strongest growth this past month, adding more than 3,600 jobs.
The Omaha metropolitan area unemployment rate dropped slightly to 2.9%. The Lincoln metropolitan area unemployment rate inch up a tenth of a percent to settle at 2.3% in October.
The national unemployment rate is 5%.