Nebraska’s jobless rate rises to 2.9 percent in September

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say Nebraska’s unemployment rate rose to 2.9 percent in September, which means the state no longer has the lowest rate in the nation.

The U.S. Labor Department said in a report Tuesday that Nebraska has the second-lowest figure now, trailing North Dakota’s 2.8 percent. Hawaii and New Hampshire have the third-lowest rate, 3.4 percent.

The Nebraska Labor Department says the state’s preliminary September rate is up a tenth of a point from 2.8 percent in August. The new figure is three-tenths of a point under the September 2014 rate of 3.2 percent.

The new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in September.

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