Nebraska’s jobless rate holds steady at 2.6 percent in June

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.6 percent in June and was still the lowest state rate in the nation, according to a report issued Tuesday.

The Nebraska Labor Department said the preliminary June rate was seven-tenths of a point under the June 2014 rate of 3.3 percent. The new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.3 percent in June. U.S. Labor Department figures show Nebraska was trailed by North Dakota at 3.1 percent and Utah at 3.5 percent.

“June continued the trend of the unemployment rate at well under last year’s rate and total nonfarm employment holding at over 1 million,” said state Labor Commissioner John Albin. “A variety of industries grew over the month and over the year.”

Nonfarm employment rose more than 6,000 over the year to hit 1,007,608 in June, the state said. Private industries with the most job growth year over year were education and health services, up 4,793; other services, up 1,566; and financial activities, up 1,329.

Here are preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for June, followed by revised figures from May:

-Beatrice: 3.6, 3.2

-Columbus: 2.8, 2.5

-Fremont: 3.3, 2.9

-Hastings: 3.1, 2.7

-Kearney: 2.5, 2.2

-Lexington: 3.0, 2.8

-Norfolk: 2.8, 2.3

-North Platte: 2.8, 2.5

-Red Willow: 2.9, 2.3

-Scottsbluff: 3.5, 3.0

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