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      Nebraska Preliminary Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.5 Percent in June

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      The latest report from the Nebraska Department of Labor says the state's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent last month, down a tenth of a point from May's revised rate of 3.6 percent.

      Acting Labor Commissioner John Albin says June's decrease in the number of unemployed was 5,208, the largest year-to-year decline in the past six months. June's rate is a half point below where it stood in June 2013, when it was at 4 percent.

      While Nebraska's rate saw a slight decrease, the rates for the Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney micropolitan statistical areas experienced a slight increase. The Grand Island and Hastings rates hit 3.5 percent, up slightly from May; the Kearney figure rose three-tenths of a point to 3 percent.

      The department said in Friday's report that the new figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in June, which was two-tenths of a point below the revised May figure of 6.3 percent.

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