The state unemployment rate remained steady in October, while the local rate ticked up slightly.

According to information released Friday by the Nebraska Department of Labor, the state unemployment rate was 2.8 percent last month, unchanged from September but down from 2.9 percent in October 2017.

The rate for the Lincoln area was 2.5 percent in October, up from 2.4 percent in both September and October of last year.

Statewide, almost 12,000 more people were employed last month than in October 2017, while unemployment dropped by nearly 600 people. The number of jobs statewide grew by nearly 16,000 compared with a year ago.

In the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lancaster and Seward counties, the number of people employed was up by more than 4,000 over a year ago, while the number of unemployed rose by fewer than 300.

The number of jobs in the Lincoln area rose by more than 3,600 compared with a year ago.

State Labor Commissioner John H. Albin said October continued the trend of record employment numbers.

“Lincoln and Omaha both reached new highs for non-farm jobs, while statewide, the total non-farm job count has remained above 1 million since February of 2017,” Albin said in a news release.

Both the local and state unemployment rates continued to be lower than the national rate, which was 3.7 percent in October.

Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.