The Nebraska Department of Labor announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for March is 3.8%, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is the same as the February rate and down 0.2% from the March 2012 rate.
“In addition to the state having a consistently low unemployment rate, the Nebraskalabor force continues togrow and the number of unemployed Nebraskans within the labor force continues to shrink,” saidCommissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. Non-farm employment grew by nearly 4,000 jobs since February 2013.The top three private sectorindustries showing the largest gains over the previousmonth were Leisure and Hospitality, Mining andConstruction and Professionaland Business Services. The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate inMarch was 7.6%, a decreaseof 0.1% from February.The March 2012 national unemployment rate was 8.2%. April 2013 data will be published Friday, May 17.