Nebraska unemployment rate of 2% is lowest on record

Nebraska unemployment rate of 2% is lowest on record
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October 22nd, 2021 | Associated Press


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s latest unemployment rate of 2% was the nation’s lowest and the lowest on record for the state. The Nebraska Department of Labor said Friday the September rate was down from August’s rate of 2.2%. September’s rate is the lowest since Nebraska began keeping records of unemployment data in 1976. It’s also tied with the nationwide record low set by Hawaii in January 2020 and Connecticut in August 2020. The total for nonfarm employment in September stood at nearly 1.020 million. Nebraska’s unemployment rate came in ahead of No. 2 Utah’s 2.4% rate. The national unemployment rate for September was 4.8%.

Gov. Ricketts Highlights Nebraska’s Historically Low Unemployment Rate

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts on Friday issued a statement following news that Nebraska’s unemployment rate had dropped to 2.0%.  That’s the lowest recorded rate in state history.  It’s also tied for the lowest monthly unemployment rate ever recorded for any state.

“During the pandemic, we’ve worked together to keep Nebraskans healthy and protect livelihoods,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Our Department of Labor has done great work to help connect Nebraskans to their next career opportunity.  Communities across the state have supported our small businesses.  Companies continue to choose the Cornhusker State as a place to build and grow.  There has never been a better time to find a great-paying job in the Good Life!”

Nebraska’s Preliminary Employment Statistics for September 2021

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
    • #1 in the nation
    • Lowest rate on record for Nebraska
    • Tied for the lowest rate ever recorded for any state
  • Labor Force Participation: 68.4%
    • #3 in nation (behind North and South Dakota)
  • Employment-to-Population Ratio: 67.0%
    • #1 in nation
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