Nebraska jobless rate again unchanged at 2.8 percent

LINCOLN — The state’s preliminary unemployment rate has remained unchanged for three months at 2.8 percent for August through October, the Nebraska Department of Labor said Friday.

The October rate is down a tenth of a point from the year-ago figure of 2.9 percent, the department said in a news release. Last month’s Nebraska rate remained well below the U.S. number of 3.7 percent, which also was unchanged.

“October continued the trend of employment highs,” said State Labor Commissioner John Albin. “Lincoln and Omaha both reached new highs for nonfarm jobs, while statewide the total nonfarm job count has remained above 1 million since February of 2017.”

Nonfarm employment was 1,039,493, up 15,953 over the year and up 2,867 over the month, the report said. Private industries with the most growth year over year were professional and business services, up 4,962; manufacturing, up 4,384; and leisure and hospitality, up 3,764. Month to month, the largest gains were seen in education and health services, up 1,319; trade, transportation and utilities, up 1,201; and professional and business services, up 924.