Nebraska reports lowest unemployment in U.S.; Iowa, Omaha up slightly in June

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 1:40 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2021 at 2:38 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Although the overall jobless rate in Nebraska remained almost unchanged during the past month, it was the country’s lowest; meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Omaha rose slightly in the same timeframe.

The Nebraska Department of Labor reported Friday that June’s seasonally adjusted Nebraska unemployment rate of 2.5% had dropped by 0.1% in June and by 2.5% from May. The rate is significantly lower than the 6.6% jobless rate reported in June 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total non-farm unemployment in Nebraska rose 0.5% from May to June, a 4.7% change from June 2020.

Omaha’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate for June is 3.2%, up a half-percent from May but down 4.4% since last June. The total non-farm jobless rate in Omaha rose by 1% in June from the previous month and was a 4.8% decline from June 2020.

In Iowa, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 4% in June as more residents began looking for work. Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the unemployment rate increased from 3.9% in May.

“Despite an increase in the unemployment rate, the overall trends are positive including the regular increase in the number of Iowans working and looking for work,” IWD Director Beth Townsend said in the department’s news release Friday.

The number of working Iowans increased by 3,800 from May to June, but the number of unemployed residents seeking jobs also increased by 2,400. Iowa is tied for the nation’s 12th lowest unemployment rate.

Iowa reported a 7.1% unemployment rate in June 2020.

The U.S. unemployment rate in June was 5.9%.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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