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(Neb)-Nebraska Sets Employment Record As Jobless Remains 2.7%

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/22/2017 08:48 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 2.7%,  the same as in October and 6-10ths a point lower than a year ago, and the state had a record number of people employed.

      State Labor Commissioner John Albin says employment has increased each of the past six months, setting records each month since August to reach last month's 984,197.

     Nonfarm employment rose to 1,038,603...an increase of 1,847 from October and 8,206 from a year ago.

       Private industries with the most growth since last November were Professional and Business Services - up 3,439; Leisure and Hospitality - up 3,316; and Other Services - up 1.665.

       The biggest gains since October were in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities - up 2,484; manufacturing - up 1,001; and Other Services - up 79.

     The November jobless rate in 2.5% in Omaha and Grand Island, up half a point from October and 4-10ths of a point lower than last year for both.

       Lincoln's rate of 2.1% was down a tenth for the month and 3-10ths for the year while the Scottsbluff Micropolitan statistical area came in at an eve 3%, up 3-10ths of a point for the month but 4-10ths lower than last year.

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


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