Nebraska lost 1,200 jobs in March, but state officials remain optimistic about the state's economic recovery because the labor force remained at about 1 million for the 13th straight month.
The larger labor force, said Cathy Lang, Nebraska labor commissioner and director of the Department of Economic Development, shows that more Nebraskans have jobs or are actively looking for work.
"This news provides further proof for an optimistic outlook for our economy," she said.
The overall seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the month was 4 percent, down slightly from an upwardly revised February rate of 4.1 percent. In Iowa, unemployment decreased to 5.2 percent from a revised February rate of 5.3 percent. It was originally reported at 5.4 percent.
In the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro, unemployment fell to 4.7 percent from 5.1 percent as 1,335 more Omahans found work in March. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Those figures, unlike the state rates, are not seasonally adjusted.
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