Omaha unemployment rate hits 20-year low; state's lowest since 1999

Omaha unemployment rate hits 20-year low; state's lowest since 1999

Omaha unemployment rate hits 20-year low; state's lowest since 1999

Statistics show annual growth is strongest in the leisure and hospitality sector, with 7,100 jobs added.

Good news for the Sunflower State - the unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 2000.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for October was little changed from 4.2 percent for September and down from 4.8 percent one year ago.

The number of people employed statewide was 983,738, up almost 5,500 from a year ago, while the number of jobs hit 1,035,730, more than 10,000 more than a year ago. There were 19,600 more unemployed residents over the year compared to October 2016.

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The private service-providing sector, at 3,863,100, lost 2,000 jobs. The Omaha metro area's rate of 2.4 percent also was the lowest in almost 20 years.

That's an increase over September's rate of 2.5 percent and a slight jump over the three straight months - April through June - when the unemployment rate was at 2.3 percent, a four-decade low dating back to when state record keeping began in 1976.

Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in CT. In Lincoln, the rate dropped from 2.3% to 2.1%. That's down from 2.7 percent in September and 3.2 percent a year ago.

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