Nebraska jobless rate drops slightly in November
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November, down slightly from 3.9 percent in October and the November 2012 rate of 3.8 percent, according to a state Department of Labor report released Friday.
The rate was well below the national unemployment rate of 7 percent in November. The national rate marked a five-year low.
The report said there were 1,023,331 people in the state labor force last month, compared with 1,027,147 in October. But the number of unemployed dropped to 37,666 from 40,360 in October. In November 2012, the figure was 39,285.
In Omaha, the preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent, from 3.8 percent in October. The rate was 3.9 percent in November 2012. Lincoln's November rate was 2.9 percent, lower than October's 3.1 percent and below the 3 percent November rate of a year ago.
The unemployment rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared to the state unemployment rate.
Here are preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for November, followed by the revised October rates:
-Beatrice: 3.7, 3.9
-Columbus: 2.7, 2.9
-Fremont: 3.5, 3.7
-Grand Island: 3.0, 3.0
-Hastings: 3.1, 3.2
-Kearney: 2.6, 2.6
-Lexington: 3.6, 3.7
-Norfolk: 2.8, 2.9
-North Platte: 2.6, 2.8
-Red Willow: 2.6, 2.7
-Scotts Bluff: 3.4, 3.7
Nebraska Department of Labor: http://www.dol.nebraska.gov