Nebraska preliminary April jobless rate drops to 3 percent

Nebraska’s job market is doing well.

The state released new unemployment numbers Friday.

The rate has dropped to 3 percent in April.

Overall, it has hovered around this point for the past few months.

It’s also well below the nation’s rate of about 4 percent.

Things look good especially in Lincoln.

What’s helping the decline?

The boost of these orange cones.

"Construction is up this time of the year, so this month construction drove most of the decrease,” Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin said.

There are 1 million jobs filled in the state.

There are more than 60,000 open last month.

Officials said job hunters should look into manufacturing.

"If you have advanced manufacturing skills, you can get a job in a hurry. They’re just desperate for quality workers,” Albin said.

The department says finance and technology are two industries seeing the most growth.

Silicon prairie is thriving with more companies coming here from the coasts. Most recently, Facebook announced its future data center  in Papillion.

Ink labs is also relocating its headquarters to Lincoln.

"Tech is growing in Nebraska, so long term we would hope that would be one the strong ones,” Albin said.

For you job seekers, you can visit any of the 14 unemployment centers around the state.

You can meet with employment specialist who can help you land your next gig.

For a list of centers, click here.

If you’re looking for work, visit this website.


Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


        The Nebraska Labor Department says the state’s preliminary unemployment rate has dropped a tenth of a point, hitting 3 percent in April compared with 3.1 percent in March.
        The February rate was 3.2 percent.
        The department said in a report released Friday that the April rate was two-tenths of a point under the year-ago rate of 3.2 percent. The new rate also remained well below the U.S. rate of 4.4 percent in April.
        The report says Nebraska nonfarm employment remained above 1 million last month. The private industry segments with the most growth over April were mining and construction, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.