Nebraska, Iowa Unemployment Rates Down

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Nebraska Department of Labor announced Friday that the state unemployment rate for November was 3.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, down 0.2 percentage points from the October rate of 3.9 percent.

The rate fell 0.2 percentage points from September to October and 0.1 percentage points from August to September.

“The unemployment rate declining for three straight months combined with the year to year increase of 10,564 jobs shows that Nebraska’s economy continues to make positive strides,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang.

In Omaha, the preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent from 3.8 percent in October. Lincoln's November rate was 2.9 percent, a drop from October's 3.1 percent.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in November from 4.6 percent in October, the lowest rate recorded since 2008.

“The Iowa job market appears to be on a path of steady and sustainable improvement,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Workforce Development. “Combined job gains for October and November totaled 5,000 and the state’s unemployment rate is currently at its lowest point in five years.”

The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in November was 7.0 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from the October rate of 7.3 percent.


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