Nov 21, 2020 2:00 PM

Nebraska retains status with lowest unemployment in nation

Posted Nov 21, 2020 2:00 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska retained its status last month as the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment rate.

According to data released Friday. Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October fell to 3%, down from 3.6% in September.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Nebraska’s latest rate is less than half the national rate of 6.9%.

Vermont and Iowa had the second- and third-lowest rates for October at 3.2% and 3.6%, respectively.

Hawaii had the highest rate nationwide, at 14.3%. Nebraska’s rate has remained low compared to other states despite the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in widespread business closures and layoffs.