Nebraska, Iowa Unemployment Rates Up Slightly

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Nebraska Department of Labor reported Friday that the state unemployment rate for March was 3.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, 0.1 percentage points higher than February and down 0.2 percentage points from March 2013.

“Overall, Nebraska’s economy continues to show improvement over last year,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. "It is not unusual for us to see the unemployment rate slightly increase from February to March.”

Non-farm employment has increased by 8,127 since March 2013 and by 2,476 since February 2014. Mining and construction, leisure and hospitality and manufacturing all showed growth over the month.

Iowa Workforce Development announced the state unemployment rate increased from 4.4 percent in February to 4.5 percent in March. It was 4.8 percent in March 2013.

Despite the higher rate, agency director Teresa Wahlert said total employment reached a record high of 1.6 million people. The number of unemployed Iowans also increased from 74,200 in February to 76,000 in March.

The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in March was 6.7 percent, unchanged from February.

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