Job Outlook Improves Slightly In Rural Area

Unemployment south of the metro shows improvement. According to the Nebraska Workforce Development-Department of Labor report, the May 2013 (preliminary) unemployment rate in Cass County was 4.1%.

The breakdown: Cass County Civilian Labor Force 13,770; Number Employed 13,204; Not Employed 566

The May rate was five-tenths of a percentage point lower than the April (revised) rate. (The rate was at 4.9% in March, 5.2% in February and 5.5% in January.)

The Cassgram reports the county unemployment was at 4.2% in May of 2012.

The May 2013 rates from neighboring counties with the change from a year earlier in [ ]: Otoe 4.1% [+0.2], Lancaster 3.5% [+0.1], Saunders 3.9% [-0.2] and Sarpy 3.9% [same].

Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for May was 3.8%, up one-tenth of a percentage point from April. The May 2012 state unemployment rate was 4.0%.

The national unemployment rate in April was 7.6%, up one-tenth of a percentage point from April. The May 2012 national unemployment rate was 8.2%.

(The county rates are not seasonally adjusted; the state and national rates are seasonally adjusted.)

The rates reflect only those actively looking for jobs.

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