The seasonally adjusted rate is the same as in December, down two-tenths of a percent from one year ago.
“While industries experienced normal seasonal declines in January, the state’s total labor force and number of employed workers in the labor force were both up over the month and over the year,” State Labor Commissioner John Albin said in a written statement released by his office. “Workers who are experiencing seasonal unemployment or who are looking to reenter the workforce can utilize any of the 15 Department of Labor job centers across the state, including the newest office in Sidney, which opened in February.”
State officials opened the Sidney office to deal with the fallout from Brass Pro Shops’ takeover of Cabela’s.
Non-farm employment in January again topped one million, a 1,004,145.
The Omaha metropolitan area had an unemployment rate in January of 3.2%; Lincoln’s unemployment rate was 2.7% and Grand Island had an unemployment rate of 4.8%.