December Unemployment Rate Shows Improvement


TheNebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced Friday that Nebraska'spreliminary unemployment rate for December 2013 is has fallen slightly.

December's unemployment came in at 3.6 percent, down 0.1 percentage points fromthe November rate of 3.7 percent. This is also down from the December 2012unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.

"Nebraskacontinued to show steady job growth in 2013 as it did in 2012," saidCommissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. "There was consistent growth inmanufacturing, as well as the education and health industry, throughout theyear."

Overthe year, Nebraska's nonfarm employment increased by 10,066. Over the month,the three industries showing the largest gains since November are trade,transportation and utilities; professional and business services; and otherservices.

Nebraska'sjobless rate sits well below the average national rate which came in at was 6.7percent for the month of December. This is down by 0.3 percentage points fromthe November 2013 rate of 7.0 percent and also an improvement from the December2012 national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

Thestart of the benchmark process will delay the publication of January data.January 2014 data is scheduled for publication on Friday, March 7 and Februarydata will be published on Friday, March 21. The 2009-20013 benchmarked datawill be published on Friday, April 18.

Benchmarkingis the annual process of aligning estimated data from the Current EmploymentStatistics (CES) programs with known employment numbers from the QuarterlyCensus of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data.

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