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      Nebraska's Unemployment Rate Inches Up Slightly to 3.7 Percent in March

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      In the latest report from the Nebraska Department of Labor, March's unemployment rate inched slightly above February's rate, but is down from last year's March rate.

      According to the report, the preliminary unemployment rate for March rose just .1 percent from February to 3.7 percent.

      Labor Commissioner Catherine Lang says it's not uncommon for the unemployment rate to increase slightly from February to March. "Overall, Nebraska's economy continues to show improvement over last year," she added. March's unemployment rate was down .2 percent from what it was in March 2013.

      Non-farm employment has increased by more than 8,000 jobs since this time last year, with the mining and construction, leisure and hospitality and manufacturing sectors all reporting growth.

      Nebraska's unemployment rate remains well below the preliminary national rate of 6.7 percent, which is unchanged from February.

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