Nebraska, Iowa Unemployment Rates Decline

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Nebraska and Iowa are reporting an improvement in their jobs picture. Both states saw their unemployment rate drop in the month of February. The reports were released Friday.

In Nebraska, the unemployment rate fell from 4.1% in January to 4% in February. From February 2011 to February 2012, the rate fell 0.4%.

In Iowa, the unemployment rate fell from 5.4% in January to 5.3% in February. From February 2011 to February 2012, the rate fell 0.7%.

What seemed peculiar about the numbers released Friday is that even though the unemployment rate fell in Nebraska in February, nearly every major city reported a slight increase from revised figures in January to February:

Omaha: 5.1% up from 5% in January

Lincoln: 4% up from 3.8% in January

Beatrice: 5.1% up from 4.9% in January

Fremont: 5.1% up from 5% in January

Grand Island: 4.3% up from 4.2% in January

Kearney: 3.5% up from 3.2%

Scottsbluff: 5.4% up from 5% in January

As for cities in Iowa, the state is reporting these February figures:

Council Bluffs: 5.5% up from 4.9% in January

Des Moines: 7.1% down from 7.3% in January

Sioux City: 5.6% down from 5.8% in January

The Nebraska report can be read by clicking here.

The Iowa report can be read by clicking here.


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