LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April jumped to 8.3%, more than double March’s 4% as the state saw businesses shuttered in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The April rate was released Friday by the Nebraska Department of Labor.
Unemployment claims have risen to unprecedented levels in recent weeks, with more than 120,000 people in Nebraska filing for unemployment from March 8 and May 16. Thousands of people were laid off as nonessential businesses closed or scaled down amid the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus.
The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 14.7%, a spike from the March rate of 4.4%.