Nebraska Preliminary Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.5 Percent in June


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.