The Nebraska unemployment rate, already the envy of most states, has dropped for the second straight month.
The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the state unemployment rate for May was 3.6%, down .1% from April.
In May of last year, the state unemployment rate stood at 4%.
Nonfarm employment for May grew by nearly 11,000 workers to edge close to one million workers at 996,419. The Labor Department reports the largest growth occurred in mining and construction; trade, transportation and utilities; and leisure and hospitality, which saw an employment increase of 3,480.
The state unemployment rate edged downward even as the rates in Omaha and Lincoln edged upward. The Labor Department reports the Omaha unemployment rate in May rose to 3.8%, up from 3.7% in April. In Lincoln, the unemployment rate in May was 3.1%, up from 2.9% in April.
The national unemployment rate in May was 6.3%; unchanged.