Nebraska Unemployment Rate 3.1% For 5th Straight Month

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s unemployment rate in November was 3.1%, unchanged for the fifth straight month but 3-10ths of a point higher than last year.

Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin says the report has a lot of good news, starting with the fact that the number of employed Nebraskans reached a record level for the 11th straight month with November also the third month of this year that Metro Lincoln employment reached a new high.

Nebraska’s nonfarm employment rose last month 1,045,668 – an increase of more than 14,600 from a year ago and over 1,740 higher than October.

Private industry sectors with the most growth from last November were Leisure and Hospitality – up 2,473 and Professional and Business Services up 2,465. The only one with more than 500 new jobs since October was Trade, Transportation, and Utilities at 4,857.

Omaha’s unemployment rate in November was 2.7%, the same as October but 3-10ths of a point higher than last year. Lincoln’s rate of 2.6% was a tenth of a point lower than October but a half-point above a year ago.

Grand Island saw a big improvement from October of 1.4-points to 2.8%, but that’s 3-10ths of a point higher than last year. The Scottsbluff micropolitan statistical area had a rate of 3.4%, an increase of 1-10th of a point for the month and a half-point higher than last year.

The state unemployment rate is adjusted for seasonal factors while the local rates are not, making comparisons between the categories meaningless.

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