The state unemployment rate edged up a bit last month.
The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the preliminary unemployment rate in February was 3.6%, a tenth of a percent higher than in January.
“While the preliminary figures indicate that the unemployment rate has increased, it is encouraging that the labor force has grown by nearly 3,000 people compared to last month, including increases in both Lincoln and Omaha,” Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang said in a written statement released by the department.
The Labor Department reports non-farm employment in February at 971,930, an increase of 4,865 over the month.
Employment in the education and health services industry increased by 900 statewide in February, 374 in Lincoln, and 1,205 in Omaha.
The unemployment rate in Omaha in February inched down a notch from 4.5% in January to 4.6% in February. The unemployment rate in Lincoln held steady at 3.7%.
The national unemployment rate in February stood at 6.7%.