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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Nebraska and Iowa report Monthly Unemployment Rate Drops

  • Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for April is 3.6 percent, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is 0.2 percentage points lower than the March rate of 3.8 percent, and is down by 0.4 percentage points from the March 2013 rate of 4.0 percent.Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 perc...
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  • NEBRASKA
    The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for April is 3.6 percent, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is 0.2 percentage points lower than the March rate of 3.8 percent, and is down by 0.4 percentage points from the March 2013 rate of 4.0 percent.
    “This is the second month this year that Nebraska’s unemployment rate has been at 3.6 percent,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. “Not only has the unemployment rate dropped from March to April, but the labor force has also grown and employment is up over the month.”
    Nonfarm employment for April was 985,283, an increase of 10,508 since March of 2014 and up 10,664 since April of 2013. Employment increased by over 2,000 over the month in mining and construction; trade, transportation and utilities; and leisure and hospitality.
    The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in April was 6.3 percent, down by 0.4 percentage points from the March rate of 6.7 percent and down by 1.2 percentage points from the April 2013 rate of 7.5 percent.
    May 2014 data will be published Friday, June 20.
     
    IOWA

    Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in April from a revised March rate of 4.5 percent.  The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.7 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in April from 6.7 percent in March.
     
        “Iowa added a robust 5,600 jobs in April, bringing the state’s nonfarm employment to a record of 1,544,400,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development.  “Total employment surpassed the previous month’s record in April, reaching an all-time high of 1,621,300.”
     
         The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 73,700 in April from 75,800 in March.  The current estimate is 3,900 lower than the year ago level of 77,600.
     
         The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,621,300 in April from 1,615,300 in March.  This figure was 6,000 higher than March and 31,600 higher than one year ago.

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