LINCOLN, Nebraska — Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 2.9 percent in January from the revised December figure of 3.1 percent, according to a state report issued Tuesday.
The rate is a half-point under the January 2014 rate of 3.4 percent, the Nebraska Labor Department said.
The new Nebraska figure remains well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in January.
In January, Nebraska listed 990,899 people as employed, compared with 989,750 in December and 986,863 in January 2014. There were 1,020,807 people in the state labor force in January, the report said, compared with 1,020,889 in December and 1,022,384 in January 2014.
Omaha's preliminary unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in January, down nine-tenths of a point from 4.4 percent a year ago. Lincoln's preliminary January rate was 2.8 percent, compared with 3.6 percent a year ago. The state Labor Department said the revised December rates for both markets won't be available until April 21.
The unemployment rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.
Here are preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for January, followed by figures from a year ago. The data from the Grand Island market won't be available for two weeks, the department said:
—Beatrice: 4.5, 4.5
—Columbus: 2.8, 3.5
—Fremont: 3.3, 4.5
—Hastings: 3.5, 4.2
—Kearney: 2.4, 3.4
—Lexington: 3.5, 4.4
—Norfolk: 2.9, 3.8
—North Platte: 3.2, 3.9
—Red Willow: 2.6, 3.2
—Scottsbluff: 3.7, 4.1
Nebraska Department of Labor: http://www.dol.nebraska.gov