Labor Commissioner “Nebraska Economy Stable”

Nebraska Labor Commissioner Catherine Lang says in a news release that despite national economic problems,  Nebraska's economic stability is encouraging.

Lang says the state's mix of industry keeps it from relying on any one industry for job stability or growth.  For Lincoln, the estimated unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a point, to 3 percent in August from 3.3 percent in July.  But the August figure is three-tenths of a point higher than the August 2007 rate of 2.7 percent.

For Omaha, the estimated August rate is 3.6 percent. That's two-tenths of a point lower than July's figure but three-tenths of a point higher than the August 2007 rate of 3.3 percent.

Omaha and Lincoln unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and are not compared with the state unemployment rate.