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Nebraska's Monthly Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

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The Nebraska Department of Labor has released its preliminary report for January's unemployment rate and it looks like rates are remaining steady.

The report shows January's unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, seasonally adjusted. That rate is even with December's and down slightly from last year's rate of 4.1 percent.

"Not only does Nebraska's unemployment rate continue to be one of the lowest in the country, but there has also been a $31 million decrease in unemployment benefits paid from 2011 to 2012," said Commissioner of Labor Catherine Lang.

The state's unemployment rate is sitting well below the nation's. The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate for January was 7.9 percent.

Grand Island and Hastings saw increases over December's unemployment rates. January's rose to 4.4 percent, up from 3.7 percent for both areas.

Kearney also saw an increase in January's unemployment rate from December's 3 percent to January's 3.7 percent.

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