Nebraska, Iowa Unemployment Rates Drop Slightly

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Nebraska’s unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent, down slightly from March's 3.8 percent and the March 2013 rate of 4.0 percent.

“This is the second month this year that Nebraska’s unemployment rate has been at 3.6 percent,” said Nebraska Department of Labor Commissioner Catherine D. Lang. “Not only has the unemployment rate dropped from March to April, but the labor force has also grown and employment is up over the month.”

Non-farm employment for April was 985,283, an increase of 10,508 since March and up 10,664 since April 2013. Employment increased by over 2,000 over the month in mining and construction, trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality.

Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in April as the state added 5,600 jobs. Iowa Workforce Development reported the rate was down from 4.5 percent in March. Last year, the April rate was 4.7 percent. The state had an estimated 73,700 unemployed residents in April.

The national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in April.

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