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.