Nebraska Department of Labor officials report the state unemployment rate rose from 2.5% in April to 2.6% in May.
Though the state unemployment rate is one-tenth of a percent higher, it is still nearly a full percentage point lower that in May of last year when it stood at 3.4%.
Nebraska still ranks at the top among the states with the lowest unemployment rate in the country. North Dakota ranks second with 3.1%. Utah ranks third at 3.5%.
Total nonfarm employment topped one million in May.
The Department of Labor says nonfarm employment last month was 1,007,346, up 4,326 from April. Employment in mining and construction; trade, transportation and utilities; and leisure and hospitality led the way last month in the private sector.
Unemployment in Omaha also grew by one-tenth of a percent in May and is 2.9%.
The unemployment rate in the Lincoln area was unchanged in May at 2.2%.