Nebraska’s unemployment rate of 3.1% remained unchanged in November, the fifth straight month the rate has remained at that figure.
The Nebraska Labor Department said in a news release Friday that the preliminary November rate was three-tenths of a point higher than the adjusted November 2018 rate of 2.8%.
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The unemployment rate for the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2.6% in November, up from 2.1% a year ago.
Both the local and statewide rates are below November’s national preliminary rate of 3.5%, which is down a tenth of a point from 3.6% in October and down two-tenths of a point from the November 2018 rate of 3.7%.
The department says Nebraska’s nonfarm employment rose last month more than 14,600 over the year-ago figure and was up more than 1,740 over October. The Lincoln area's November employment numbers were about 2,000 higher than October and nearly 3,000 more than in November 2018.
Private industries with the most statewide growth year-over-year were leisure and hospitality, up 2,473; professional and business services, up 2,465; and mining and construction, up 1,624. Month to month, the largest gains were seen in trade, transportation and utilities, up 4,857; professional and business services, up 451; and education and health, up 358.