LINCOLN, Nebraska — Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in June, according to a state report released Friday.
The figure is a tenth of a point below the revised May rate of 3.6 percent and a half point under the June 2013 rate of 4 percent.
Nebraska, Utah and Vermont had the second-lowest rate in the nation last month, trailing only the 2.7 percent of North Dakota.
The Nebraska Labor Department said the new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in June, which was two-tenths of a point below the revised May figure of 6.3 percent.
"June continues a six-month trend in which we see year-to-year decreases in the number of unemployed," said acting Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin, speaking about the Nebraska figures. "June's decrease of 5,208 is the largest year-to-year decline in the past six months," he said.
Last month the state listed 36,119 people as unemployed, compared with 37,097 in May and 41,327 in June 2013.
There were 1,024,738 people in the state labor force last month, the report said, compared with 1,028,516 in May.
In Omaha the preliminary unemployment rate rose to 4.1 percent in June, compared with 3.8 percent in May. The new rate is a half-point under the 4.6 percent of June 2013. Lincoln's June rate also rose, to 3.3 percent from 3 percent in May. The June 2013 mark was 4 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 June, followed by the revised May rates:
—Beatrice: 3.7, 3.5
—Columbus: 3.2, 3.0
—Fremont: 3.9, 3.6
—Grand Island: 3.5, 3.2
—Hastings: 3.5, 3.3
—Kearney: 3.0, 2.7
—Lexington: 4.0, 3.8
—Norfolk: 3.4, 3.2
—North Platte: 3.2, 3.0
—Red Willow: 3.6, 2.8
—Scotts Bluff: 4.0, 3.7
Nebraska Department of Labor: http://www.dol.nebraska.gov