LINCOLN, Nebraska — Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in October, matching the year-ago figure and down from 4.1 percent in September, according to a state report released Friday.
The September unemployment rate was one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the rate in August. The state Department of Labor released two months' worth of employment data, because the September report was delayed by the federal government's partial shutdown.
Nebraska's October rate was well below the national unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The national rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point from September.
Nebraska's nonfarm employment grew to 981,281 in October, an increase of 4,561 from the previous month. The three industries with the largest increases were trade, transportation and utilities; education and health services; and other services. Over the year, nonfarm employment is up 11,312.
The report said there were 1,027,092 people in the state labor force last month, compared with 1,032,026 in September. The number of unemployed dropped to 40,283 from 42,411 in September. In October 2012 the figure was 39,749.
In Omaha the preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent from 4 percent in September. The rate was 4 percent in October 2012. Lincoln's October rate was 3.1 percent, a tenth of a point lower than September's 3.2 percent and two-tenths of a point below the October 2012 mark of 3.3 percent.
The unemployment rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared to the state unemployment rate.
Here are preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for October, followed by the revised September rates:
—Beatrice: 3.8, 4.1
—Columbus: 2.9, 3.0
—Fremont: 3.6, 4.0
—Grand Island: 3.0, 3.3
—Hastings: 3.2, 3.3
—Kearney: 2.6, 2.7
—Lexington: 3.7, 4.0
—Norfolk: 3.0, 3.2
—North Platte: 2.8, 3.1
—Red Willow: 2.7, 2.8
—Scotts Bluff: 3.7, 4.0
Nebraska Department of Labor: http://www.dol.nebraska.gov