The Nebraska Department of Labor announced Friday that Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for the month of September has dipped under 4 percent to the seasonally adjusted rate of 3.9 percent. Compare that to the national rate for September, which was 7.8 percent.
The jobless rate is down from the July and August rates of 4 percent. The new figure looks even better when compared with last September's rate of 4.4 percent.
"September is the fourth month so far this year that the state unemployment rate has dipped below 4 percent," said Catherine D. Lang, director of Economic Development and commissioner of Labor. "We have not seen the rate below 4 percent this often since 2008 prior to the recession."
The three industries showing the largest gains over last year are Education and Health Services; Trade, Transportation and Utilities; and Manufacturing.
Only North Dakota's September rate of 3 percent was lower than Nebraska's.