The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for July is 4.2 percent, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is 0.2 percentage points higher than the June rate of 4.0 percent and up 0.2 percentage points from July 2012.
“There continues to be a high number of new entrants in the labor force looking for work, which has outpaced the July demand for workers,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang.
Statewide, employment in durable goods manufacturing grew by 3.14 percent over last year. In Lincoln, leisure and hospitality is up by 9.82 percent over the year and mining and construction by 2.66 percent over the year. In Omaha, mining and construction is up by 9.07 percent from July 2012 to July 2013, and much of the growth is in specialty trade contractors.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Annual Average Rankings lists Lincoln as the metropolitan area with the 2nd lowest unemployment rate (3.5 percent) and Omaha with the 11th lowest rate (4.4 percent), among 372 metropolitan areas.
The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in July was 7.4 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from the June rate of 7.6 percent. The July 2012 national unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.