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      Nebraska's Unemployment Rate at Lowest Since 2008

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      The latest report from the Nebraska Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate fell in January to 3.5 percent, the lowest it's been since September 2008.

      The preliminary rate dropped a tenth of a point from December's 3.6 percent and is four-tenths of a point below the January 2013 rate of 3.9 percent.

      That number is well below the national unemployment rate, which was 6.6 percent for January.

      Lincoln and Omaha both saw a decrease in employment, but Nebraska's total employment increase by more than 3,000 jobs.

      In the tri-cities, rates also saw an increase.

      January's preliminary rate for the Grand Island Micropolitan Statistical Area was 3.8 percent, up from December's 3.3 percent.

      Likewise the Hastings MC saw an increase from 3.5 percent in December to 4.0 in January.

      Finally, the Kearney MC went from a rate of 2.8 percent in December to a preliminary January rate of 3.3 percent.

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