Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for September dropped 2-10ths of a point to a seasonally-adjusted 2.0%, a record low for the state and matching the record low for the nation in the 45-years that unemployment data has been kept.
The 2.0% in September is 1.8-points lower than last year and less than half the national rate of 4.8% for the month.
State Commissioner of Labor John Albin says the low jobless rate goes hand-in-hand with the number of employed individuals returning to pre-pandemic levels at over 1-million, the highest since March of last year.
Nonfarm employment, a count of filled jobs, was 1,019,694 in September – up 1,191 from August and 28,418 more than a year ago
. Private industry sectors with the most growth month-to-month were professional and business services, up 513, and other services, up 328.
Sectors with the most new jobs since last September were professional and business services – up 6,150; trade, transportation, and utilities -up 5,998; and leisure and hospitality – up 5,657.