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Nebraska jobless rate drops slightly to 3.4 percent in October from September's 3.6 percent

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for October was 3.4 percent, a slight drop from 3.6 percent in September, the state said in a report released Friday.

The Nebraska Labor Department report said the rate was four-tenths of a point under the October 2013 rate of 3.8 percent. The state's October rate was also well below the preliminary national October unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

Nebraska had the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation in October, trailing North Dakota's 2.8 percent and South Dakota's 3.3 percent, according the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nebraska's non-farm employment was up by 6,449 from September and 8,966 from October a year ago, acting Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin said.

"This growth should encourage workers who are looking to get back into the labor market," Albin said.

Last month, Nebraska listed 986,955 people as employed, compared with 983,306 in September and 982,597 in October 2013. There were 1,021,372 people in the state labor force last month, the report said, compared with 1,019,573 in September and 1,021,209 in October 2013.

Omaha's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent in October, down four-tenths of a point from September and down seven-tenths of a point from 3.9 percent in October 2013. Lincoln's rate dropped five-tenths of a point in October, to 2.3 percent from 2.8 percent in September. The new figure is eight-tenths of a point under the October 2013 rate of 3.1 percent.

The unemployment rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.

Here are all preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for October, followed by the revised September rates:

—Beatrice: 5.1, 4.0

—Columbus: 2.3, 2.7

—Fremont: 2.7, 3.2

—Grand Island: 2.9, 3.2

—Hastings: 2.5, 2.9

—Kearney: 1.9, 2.3

—Lexington: 2.9, 3.2

—Norfolk: 2.4, 2.8

—North Platte: 2.2, 2.7

—Red Willow: 2.1, 2.7

—Scottsbluff: 3.0, 3.5


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Nebraska Department of Labor: http://www.dol.nebraska.gov

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