Manufacturing employment in Nebraska dropped slightly for a second straight year, according to the 2017 Nebraska Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News Inc.
As of August, Nebraska was home to 2,604 manufacturing companies employing 125,400 people, according to the report. That was 306 fewer than in August of 2015. From August 2014-August 2015, the state lost 236 manufacturing jobs.
"The oil industry's decline has affected many Nebraska manufacturers that supplied nearby oilfields, and a strong dollar continues to curb exports," said Tom Dubin, president of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, in a news release. "However, the state's stronghold in the food processing sector combined with a business-friendly environment have helped to keep losses at bay."
City data collected by MNI showed that Lincoln had 20,957 jobs in August, up 4.4 percent from a year ago.