- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska employment is expected to top a record 1.1 million next year, Gov. Dave Heineman said Wednesday, calling it “outstanding news.”

The state has had continued growth in a number of industries, Heineman said, including the education and health services areas.

“Nebraska’s employment picture in 2014 is significant and substantial, and this record (projection) for 2015 is outstanding news for Nebraskans,” said the governor, who is being forced out of office next month by term limits.

The projection for farm and nonfarm employment is based on growth patterns and current economic trends, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Nebraska’s nonfarm job count, which excludes agriculture and self-employed individuals, grew nearly 32,500 statewide from January through October.

A number of areas are expected to provide additional jobs. The education and health services areas are projected to add more than 6,800 jobs; more than 5,500 jobs in the professional and business area and more than 2,900 construction jobs.

Jobs in high demand projected through 2015 include registered nurses, truck drivers, accountants, market research analysts, carpenters, electricians and software developers, the release said.

Nebraska’s 3.4 percent unemployment rate in October was the third-lowest in the nation, trailing only North Dakota’s 2.8 percent and South Dakota’s 3.3 percent. The November rates haven’t been released yet.

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