The Nebraska Department of Labor announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for May is 4.0 percent, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is 0.2 percent higher than the May rate and unchanged from the June 2012 rate.
“I continue to be encouraged by Nebraska’s nonfarm employment, which has continued to rise since thebeginning of the year. We had 2,900 more jobs this month than last month and around 12,000 more jobs than last year at this time,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. “The Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey shows that the increase in individuals re-entering the workforce continues, and this contributes to the higher unemployment rate.” Non-farm employment is up by 2,91 2 jobs since May 2013 and by 11,912 jobs since June 2012. The top three private sector industries showing the largest gains over the previous month are leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities, and mining and construction. The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in June was 7.6 percent, unchanged from May. The June 2012 national unemployment rate was 8.2 percent. July 2013 data will be published Friday, August 16.