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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.4 Percent; Nebraska's drops as well

  • Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in November from 4.6 percent in October. The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for November is 3.7 percent, seasonally adjusted.
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      The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for November is 3.7 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate is down 0.2 percen...
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      Nebraska Unemployment Rate Dips for Third Straight Month
      The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for November is 3.7 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate is down 0.2 percentage points from the October rate of 3.9 percent. The rate also fell 0.2 percentage points from September to October and 0.1 percentage points from August to September.

      “The unemployment rate declining for three straight months combined with the year to year increase of 10,564 jobs shows that Nebraska’s economy continues to make positive strides,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang.

      The top three private industries with the largest increases over the month were trade, transportation and utilities; education and health services; and other services. These industries have consistently shown month to month growth.

      The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in November was 7.0 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from the October rate of 7.3 percent. The November 2012 national unemployment rate was 7.8 percent.
  • Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in November from 4.6 percent in October, the lowest rate recorded since 2008. The comparable rate for November 2012 was 4.9 percent. The U.S. jobless rate dropped to a five-year low of 7.0 percent in November from 7.3 percent in October.
    "The Iowa job market appears to be on a path of steady and sustainable improvement," said Teresa Wahlert, director of Workforce Development. "Combined job gains for October and November totaled 5,000, and the state's unemployment rate is currently at its lowest point in five years."
    The statewide estimate of unemployed persons dropped to a current-year low of 72,500 in November from 75,700 in October. The number of unemployed stood at 79,600 in November 2012.
    The total number of working Iowans continued on an upward course in November, climbing to 1,593,200 from 1,583,600 in October. The current figure is 44,900 higher than the November 2012 level of 1,548,300.
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