Nebraska Unemployment Remained At Record Low 1.9% In June


   Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was unchanged from May at a seasonally-adjusted 1.9%.

That’s 6-10ths of a point lower than a year ago and continues to be a record low for Nebraska. The national rate for June was 3.6%

    Nebraska’s rate is the second lowest in the country behind Minnesota’s 1.8%. The governor of Minnesota is Chadron State College graduate and former Alliance High School teacher Tim Walz.

     Nebraska Commissioner of Labor John Albin says not only does the state continue to have one of the lowest jobless rates in the country, its monthly employment levels continue at historical highs with over a million resident employed since August 2020

    Nonfarm employment, a count of filled jobs, was 1,038,733 in June, up 3,664 from May and 21,630 more than June of last year. 

     The private industry sectors with the most growth for the month were Leisure and Hospitality (up 2,781), and Mining and Construction (up 2,677).

    Sectors with the most growth over the past 12 months were Education and Health Services (up 5,430); and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 4,785).

     The June unemployment rate in Lincoln was 2.4%, a half-point higher than May but 4-10ths lower than last year, while the Omaha rate of 2.6% was also a half-point higher for the month and a whopping 9-10ths of a point from last June.

  The Grand Island rate rose 6-10ths of a point to 3%, a tenth of a point lower than a year ago, while the Scottsbluff MC of Scotts Bluff, Banner, and Sioux Counties had a jobless rate of 2.7%, up 6-10ths for the month and down 6-10ths from a year ago.

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