Nebraska unemployment for October lowest since 1999

Marcus Newton
November 18, 2017

The state's preliminary October unemployment rate is 3.5 percent, down slightly from September's rate of 3.7 percent and also below the October 2016 rate of 3.9 percent.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates incidate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 1,700 from September.

Both the state and local unemployment rates in October remained well below the national rate, which was 4.1 percent, a 17-year low.

At the same time, the size of the state's labor force has continued to hover right around 1.4 million people for most of the past year.

Maine unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

Topeka's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in October, down four-tenths of a point in September and down a full percentage point compared with October 2016.

However, the number of unemployed in OH has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months, from 285,000 in October 2016, when the state's unemployment rate was 5%. The leisure and hospitality sector has grown by almost 2,500 with other services adding slightly more than 2,000 jobs this year.

The agency says the number of unemployed residents dropped by more than 5,000 since a year ago, while the number of employed residents rose over the same period by almost 8,000. Only Hawaii, at 2.2 percent, and North Dakota, at 2.5 percent, had lower rates.

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