NEBRASKA JOBLESS RATE DOWN TO 3.7% FOR APRIL

Posted 1 year ago

By John Axtell

UnemploymentThe Nebraska Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point in April to 3.7%. That’s 3-tenths of a point less than last April and the lowest in Nebraska since November 2008.

The jobless rate for Omaha was an even 4%…down 3-tenths of a point from March and 2-tenths lower than a year ago. Lincoln’s rate of 3.4% was the same as in March and a tenth of a point higher than last year.

The Scotts Bluff Micropolitan Statistical Area…covering Scotts Bluff and Banner Counties…had an April unemployment rate of 4.2%, the same as for March.

The state figures are adjusted for seasonal factors while the local numbers aren’t, making comparisons between them meaningless.

Nebraska Labor Commissioner Catherine Lang says the April numbers contained another good sign for the state’s economy: a better than 3% increase in manufacturing jobs since April of last year.

Non-farm employment was 2,403 higher than last April and 9,623 more than in March. The 3 private industry sectors showing the greatest job gains from March were Leisure and Hospitality, Mining and Construction, and Manufacturing.