(Neb)-Unemployment Rate Unchanged For 4th Straight Month
LINCOLN, Neb (AP) - Nebraska's unemployment rate in October was 3.1%, the same as it was in July, August, and September. It's also 4-10ths a point higher than a year ago, but half a point under the national average.
State Labor Commissioner John Albin says while the jobless rate didn't change, the number of people working rose again - once more setting a new record for non-farm employment at 1,045,902.
Albin says Nebraska has added 17,345 jobs since last October and 9,437 since September - the largest monthly gain in the nation even after taking out seasonal factors.
Private industry sectors with the most growth from last year were Mining and Construction at an increase of 3,940 and Leisure and Hospitality with 3,415. Month-to-month the largest gain was in Trade, Transportation, and utilities, which was up 2,359.
The October unemployment rate for Omaha was 2.8% and Lincoln's 2.7%, both the same as September and 3-10ths of a point higher than last year.
Grand Island came in at 4.4%, up jump of a point-and-a-half from September and 1.8-points higher than a year ago. The Scottsbluff Micropolitan Statistical Area was unchanged at 3.3%, half a point more than last year.
The state unemployment rate is adjusted for seasonal factors while local rates are not, making comparisons between the two meaningless.
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