Notes: Nebraska jobless rate steady; Iowa’s dips

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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:00 am

Nebraska’s March unemployment rate of 3.8 percent matches the revised rates for the three previous months, the Nebraska Labor Department said Friday. The rate is two-tenths of a point lower than in March 2012 and half the current national rate of 7.6 percent. In Iowa, the March jobless rate dropped to 4.9 percent from 5 percent in February, Iowa Workforce Development said. The seasonally adjusted rate was 5.4 percent a year ago. Nebraska’s rate remains the second-lowest figure in the country, trailing only North Dakota’s 3.3 percent for March. In Omaha, the rate dropped to 4.3 percent from 4.6 percent in February, and Lincoln’s to 3.5 percent from a revised 3.8 percent in February. The rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted.

Furloughs prompt IRS closings

The Internal Revenue Service will close all of its public operations on five days from now through August because of employee furloughs, acting commissioner Steve Miller told employees in a memo Friday. The tax agency will be closed and almost all employees will be furloughed on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and Aug. 30, Miller wrote. The closing will affect operations such as the IRS toll-free lines and taxpayer assistance centers.

McDonald’s quarterly drop is first in decade

McDonald’s said Friday that a global sales figure declined in the first quarter and warned that it was expected to dip in April as well.The last time the quarterly sales figure declined was in 2003, according to the company. A monthly sales figure also fell for the first time in nearly a decade late last year. For the quarter, McDonald’s said global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell 1 percent. That included a 1.2 percent drop in the U.S. where it has been trying to boost sales by touting its Dollar Menu, a strategy that analysts warn could eat away at profit margins.

Nissan recalls SUVs over brake problem

Nissan is recalling more than 19,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs because a brake part can fail and make it harder for the driver to stop the car. The recall affects Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX SUVs from the 2013 model year.

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