State says Nebraska’s June jobless rate unchanged at 3%

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 3%.

The Nebraska Labor Department said in a news release Friday that the preliminary June rate matched the May rate and was two-tenths of a point higher than the June 2018 rate of 2.8%.

The new Nebraska rate is well below June’s national preliminary rate of 3.7% — up a tenth of a point from 3.6% in May. The Nebraska Labor Department said the preliminary May rate was 3% — up a tenth of a point from April’s 2.9% and March’s rate of 2.8%. The May 2018 rate was 2.8% as well.

“Nebraska’s number of individuals employed grew to a record level in May (1,034,288), as did total nonfarm employment statewide and in Omaha,” Commissioner of Labor John Albin said in a news release.

Nebraska’s labor force participation rate rose in May to its highest point since April 2016. Because the labor force grew marginally faster than the number of individuals employed, the department said, the unemployment rate went up.

The new Nebraska rate was well below May’s national preliminary rate of 3.6% — unchanged from April.

Preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for May, followed by the April rates:

— Beatrice: 3.1, 3.2

— Columbus: 3.0, 2.8

— Fremont: 2.9, 2.8

— Hastings: 2.9, 2.9

— Kearney: 2.7, 2.4

— Lexington: 2.8, 2.8

— Norfolk: 2.7, 2.6

— North Platte: 3.2, 3.2

— Red Willow: 2.9, 2.8

— Scottsbluff: 3.5, 3.7

These numbers are expected to be relatively level for June throughout these markets. State Labor Commissioner John Albin says several industries, including mining and construction and financial activities, reached record high employment levels last month.