The Nebraska Department of Labor announced the preliminary unemployment rate for February stood at 2.7%, seasonally adjusted, down two-tenths of a percent from January, down nearly a percent from February of last year.
The state unemployment rate for Nebraska also dropped below the rate in North Dakota, making it the lowest rate in the country. The North Dakota unemployment rate was 2.9%.
Gov. Pete Ricketts issued the following statement:
“Today’s announcement that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation is great news for our state. We must continue to think strategically about the future. Growing Nebraska for the next generation requires careful planning so that our children and grandchildren have the opportunities they need to live, work, and raise a family here in Nebraska for generations to come.”
The unemployment rate for the Omaha metropolitan area was 3.2%, down from 3.6% in January. In Lincoln, the unemployment rate dropped to 2.4%, down from 2.8%.
The national unemployment rate is 5.5%