Norfolk Area Unemployment Rate Unchanged as State Sets New Record

NORFOLK – Unemployment is holding steady in the Norfolk area, while at the state level, some employers are setting new benchmarks.

State labor statistics released Friday show that Madison, Stanton and Pierce Counties saw their unemployment rate hold at 2.5% in May. The number of people employed in Norfolk fell by almost an exact number (62) as the area’s labor force did (60).

Non-farm employment in the Norfolk area saw steady growth again, though, gaining 93 jobs in May. That’s in line with statewide trends.

State Labor Commissioner John Albin says the state and all three metropolitan areas showed job increases month to month and year to year and that the total number of Nebraska’s nonfarm jobs in May was a record.

Nebraska’s overall unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point, hitting 2.9 percent in May.

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