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Nebraska Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in May

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The Nebraska Department of Labor's unemployment report for Nebraska showed an increase of .1 percent from April to 3.8 percent, seasonally adjusted.

That rate is down .2 percent from this time last year and well under the national unemployment rate for May, which is 7.6 percent.

The Grand Island micropolitan statistical area also saw an increase in its unemployment rate from 3.3 percent in April to 3.5 percent in May. Likewise, the Hastings and Kearney micropolitan statistical areas each saw increases to their unemployment rates, .1 percent in both.

"While the unemployment rate has increased slightly, the preliminary data clearly indicates that the increase is in part due to discouraged job seekers re-entering the labor market to begin looking for jobs again," explained Commissioner of Labor Catherine Lang.

The commissioner encourages those unemployed individuals to use the Nebraska Department of Labor jobs website during their search.

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