Nebraska jobless rate of 2.9 percent is lowest December figure since 2006, state agency says


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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Nebraska's unemployment rate of 2.9 percent last month is the lowest December figure since 2006, state labor officials said in a report Friday.

The rate is seven-tenths of a point less than the 3.6 percent a year ago, the Nebraska Labor Department said, and dropped two-tenths of a point from the revised rate of 3.1 percent for November.

The new Nebraska figure is well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.6 percent for December.

Last month, Nebraska listed 992,118 people as employed, compared with 990,573 in November and 983,277 in December 2013. There were 1,021,955 people in the state labor force last month, the report said, compared with 1,021,917 in November and 1,020,038 in December 2013.

Omaha's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 3.2 percent from the revised November rate of 2.9 percent. A year ago, the December rate was 3.9 percent. Lincoln's rate rose in December to 2.5 percent from 2.1 percent in November; the new figure is six-tenths of a point under the December 2013 rate of 3.1 percent.

The unemployment rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.

Here are all preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for December, followed by the revised November rates:

—Beatrice: 3.6, 3.3

—Columbus: 2.5, 2.2

—Fremont: 2.8, 2.5

—Grand Island: 3.2, 2.7

—Hastings: 2.9, 2.3

—Kearney: 2.2, 1.8

—Lexington: 3.3, 2.8

—Norfolk: 2.6, 2.1

—North Platte: 2.5, 2.1

—Red Willow: 2.4, 2.0

—Scottsbluff: 3.3, 2.9


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