LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a point to reach 4 percent in June, the Nebraska Labor Department said in a report released Friday. It matched June 2012’s 4 percent rate.
Nebraska had the third-lowest figure in the country, trailing North Dakota’s 3.1 percent and South Dakota’s 3.9 percent. The national rate in June was 7.6 percent.
Iowa’s rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.6 percent — despite the state adding 6,500 jobs — and well below the 5.3 percent rate from a year ago.
Nebraska added more nonfarm jobs, said State Labor Commissioner Catherine Lang.
“We had 2,900 more jobs this month than last month and around 12,000 more jobs than last year at this time,” Lang said. “The Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey shows that the increase in individuals re-entering the workforce continues, and this contributes to the higher unemployment rate.”
The three industries showing the largest gains were leisure and hospitality; trade, transportation and utilities; and mining and construction.
The number of unemployed Nebraskans rose to 41,036 in June from a revised figure of 39,674 in May. In June 2012 the figure was 40,306, the report said.
In Omaha, preliminary unemployment rose to 4.6 percent from a revised 4.1 percent in May. The rate a year ago was 4.6 percent. Lincoln’s preliminary June unemployment rate was 4 percent, up from the revised May figure of 3.5 percent. A year ago the city’s June rate was 3.9 percent.
The unemployment rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared to the state unemployment rate.
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