The Nebraska Department of Labor has announced the preliminary unemployment rate for January dropped to 2.9%; down two-tenths of a percent from December and half a percentage point from January a year ago when the unemployment rate stood at 3.4%.
According to the Labor Department, nonfarm employment in January totaled 982,468, better than 11,600 more jobs than the previous January. The education and health services sectors demonstrated the biggest growth followed by other services as well as professional and business services.
The Lincoln area unemployment rate in January was 2.8%, according to the state Labor Department with the Omaha rate at 3.5%.
The state unemployment rate is roughly half the national unemployment rate, which in January stood at 5.7%.