Nebraska Unemployment Rate Down, Iowa Stable

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Nebraska’s estimated unemployment rate decreased to 4.9% in September, according to data released Wednesday by the Nebraska Department of Labor. Iowa unemployment remained stable at 6.7 percent.

The rate reflects an increase of 1.5% over last year’s rate. The national unemployment rate for September increased slightly to 9.8%, almost 4% higher than last year.

The only private growth sector over the month was Education & Health Services.

Labor Commissioner Catherine D. Lang said, “Generally, we’re seeing a decrease in the number of jobseekers and an increase in the number of job orders statewide, specifically in the Education and Health Services sector.”

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Iowa unemployment remained stable in September at 6.7 percent. Despite the lack of change in unemployment percentages, Iowa Workforce Development Director Elisabeth Buck says the state faces a growing problem with persistent long-term joblessness.

One year ago, 71,000 Iowans were unemployed, but in September the number was 113,100. Iowa's total nonfarm employment declined by 1,200 in September to 1,478,300.

There were 2,400 jobs added in manufacturing in September. Education and health services continued to create jobs, posting a gain of 1,600 for the month.

Meanwhile, leisure and hospitality saw an increase of 1,000 jobs as restaurants and recreational facilities retained summer employment levels longer than usual.

Government employment decreased by 1,200, mostly due to reductions in local government.

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