Nebraska Unemployment Rate Sees Slight Fall, Manufacturing Sector Grows


The Nebraska Department of Labor's preliminary unemployment rate shows that April's unemployment rate fell to a level that had not been seen since November of 2008.

The unemployment rate for April came in at 3.7 percent, 0.1 percent lower than March and 0.3 percent lower than last year's rate.

"Though the unemployment rate has been consistently low, Nebraska has not seen this number since November of 2008," shared Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. "Manufacturing grew by more than three percent from last April, another good sign for Nebraska's economy."

The top three private sector industries showing the largest growth over from March to April are Leisure and Hospitality, Mining and Construction and Manufacturing.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent from March, but remains well above Nebraska's rate at 7.5 percent. The national unemployment rate for April 2012 was 8.1 percent.