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(Neb)-Nebraska Jobless Rate Unchanged In January

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/13/2017 04:25 PM
LINCOLN, Neb - Nebraska's unemployment rate stayed unchanged in January at 3.3%, a tenth of a point higher than the year before. The state remains well below the national rate of 4.8% in January.

       The jobless rate in Omaha was an even 3% with Lincoln at 3.1%, Grand Island 5.9%, and the Scottsbluff micropolitan statistical area - made up of Scotts Bluff and Banner counties, came in at 4.2%.

       The statewide rate is adjusted for season factors while the local rates are not, making comparisons between the two meaningless.

      Comparison with February of last year aren't available because the Department of Labor is in the annual process of "benchmarking," aligning the monthly sample estimate with the overall estimate.

       State Labor Commissioner John Albin says January saw normal season fluctuations in employment with the overall unemployment rate stable and total nonfarm employment in Nebraska remaining above 1-million.

       The private industry segment with the most job growth for the month was Other Services, which includes repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services and religious, civic and professional organizations...which added just 157 jobs.


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