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      Nebraska's July Unemployment Rate Sees Slight Increase

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      According to preliminary reports from the Nebraska Department of Labor, the state's unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent in July.

      The rate rose .2 percent over June's unemployment rate, but remains well under the national rate of 7.4 percent -- a .2 percent decrease from June. July's national rate is also substantially lower than it was last year when it was reported at 8.2 percent.

      Commissioner of Labor Catherine Lang said the reason we aren't seeing a decline in unemployment rates is because "there continues to be a high number of new entrants in the labor force looking for work." She says these new people job hunters have outpaced the July demand for workers.

      In the tri-cities, the Grand Island micropolitan statistical area saw a jump from 3.9 percent unemployment in June to 4.5 percent.

      Hastings and Kearney both fared better, with slight decreases in each micropolitan statistical area.

      Hastings' unemployment rate fell from June's rate of 4 percent to 3.9 percent in July. Meanwhile, Kearney's unemployment rate fell from 3.7 percent to 3.5 percent in July.

      For more information concerning specific industries in your area, visit the Nebraska Department of Labor website.

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