Unemployment in Nebraska and Iowa saw little change in May.
During the month, Nebraska added 2,610 jobs and held its 3.9 percent jobless figure. Iowa, meanwhile, shed 500 jobs, and maintained its 5.1 percent unemployment rate.
Labor officials said they expected slow job growth through the summer.
“The Iowa economy remains on track for modest growth in the coming months,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Continued improvement, particularly in housing, will strengthen job growth in a broad range of industries.”
Nebraska saw an expected bump in construction hiring in May as employers added roughly 3,400 jobs as summer building projects ramped up. Manufacturing was down slightly, as 300 jobs were lost during the month.
In all, 39,636 Nebraskans were without jobs in May, according to seasonally-adjusted data from the Nebraska Department of Labor.
The total number of unemployed Iowans was 85,200, up just slightly from the prior month.
Iowa saw a slight job declines in its construction and manufacturing sectors, which lost 900 and 400 jobs, respectfully.
The Omaha metropolitan area followed suit, adding roughly 2,500 jobs, but maintaining its 4.2 percent jobless rate. Those figures are not seasonally-adjusted to reflect changes in seasonal hiring.
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