(Neb)-Nebraska Jobless Rate Unchanged, Wyo Down
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's unemployment rate was unchanged in January at 2.8%, a tenth of a point lower than a year ago and 2.2-points below the national average, while nonfarm employment of nearly 1.01 million was down about 20,000 from December.
The state says the year-over-year comparison figures for nonfarm employment and other data categories including previous local jobless rates won't be available until later this month because of benchmarking, the yearly process of aligning estimated data with known employment numbers.
The January jobless rate for Omaha was 3.1%, with Lincoln at 2.7%, and Grand Island 4.5%. The Scottsbluff micropolitan statistical area, which also includes Banner County, had an unemployment rate of 3.7%
Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point in January to an even 3%, the same as the national rate.
Teton and Niobrara Counties tied for the lowest unemployment rate, each at 3.0%, followed by Goshen and Converse at 3.4%
The highest jobless rates occurred in Fremont County at 5.9%, Park County 5.7% and Big Horn County 5.6%.
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