Nebraska’s state unemployment rate remained at 3.7% last month.
The Nebraska Department of Labor reports that the preliminary unemployment rate for December was 3.7%, seasonally adjusted; unchanged from November. The state unemployment rate for December of 2011 was 4.2%.
“Nebraska’s stable and diverse economy has contributed to a steady, and consistently low, unemployment rate,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang in a written statement released by the department.
Transportation and Utilities, Education and Health, and Manufacturing led the way in job growth the last month of 2012.
Nebraska has a workforce that just tops 1 million. In December, there were 38,540 unemployed Nebraskans.
The Omaha metro unemployment rate rose in December, from 3.7% in November to 4.1% last month. The unemployment rate in the Lincoln area also rose, from 3% to 3.4%, according to the Department of Labor.
The national unemployment rate last month, seasonally adjusted, was 7.8%, also unchanged from November. The national unemployment rate in December of 2011 was 8.5%.