Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Norfolk Unemployment Rate Drops as Nebraska Holds Steady

Norfolk Unemployment Rate Drops as Nebraska Holds Steady

USA employers added 156,000 jobs overall last month, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.4 percent, still near a 16-year low.

Emilie Doerksen, an economist with the state's labor department, said total nonfarm employment expanded by 800 jobs last month.

North Dakota and Colorado had the lowest unemployment rates in August at 2.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.

In the past year, officials said, Kansas has lost 9,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs.

The rate is now 3.5 percent.

But the decrease has less to do with more jobs in the area than it does with less people looking for work. If you are a job seeker, the Scripps Media Career and Job Fair will be held Tuesday at Abode Venue from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m at 1330 East Douglas in Wichita. Employment in four sectors declined. Jobs were down in seven of the eleven supersectors with the largest movement in education & health services (down 5,300).

Employment in professional and business services increased by 5,100. Manufacturing increased 3,300, all in nondurable goods manufacturing (+4,500).

The highest growth sectors for IN in August were trade, transportation and utilities, as well as financial activities.

Government reported the largest decline, down 1,500 jobs.

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