Nebraska’s unemployment rate in March dropped 2-10ths of a point to 2.9%, part of a 4-way tie with South Dakota, Vermont, and Utah for the lowest rate in the country.
It’s also 2-10ths of a point lower than last February, which State Labor Commissioner John Albin says is evidence the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has reached pre-pandemic levels.
Nonfarm employment was still down 17,537 jobs from last March, but did add 12,849 jobs from February to reach 999,778,
Private industries with the most growth for the month were mining and construction – up 3,305); trade, transportation, and utilities – up 2,737; and leisure and hospitality – up 2,543.
Education and health services were up the most from a year ago, adding 1,730 more jobs.
The March unemployment rate in Omaha was 3.2%, a drop of a half-point for both the month and the year, while LIncoln’s rate of 2.9% was 3-10ths of a point better than February and 2-10th lower than a year ago.
Grand Island came in at 3.1%, a drop of half a point for the month and 7-10ths of a point for the year while the 2.8% jobless rate for the Scottsbluff micropolitan area was 4-10ths of a point lower for the month and a whopping 1.2-points for the year.
State unemployment numbers are adjusted for seasonal factors while local figures are not, making comparisons of the two meaningless.