The Nebraska Department of Labor has announced the December unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 2.9%, the same as the November rate. It is down 0.2% from December of 2014.
Nebraska has the second lowest unemployment rate among the states, tied with South Dakota. North Dakota ranks first, with an unemployment rate of 2.7%.
Total nonfarm employment in December topped one million at 1,014,529. That’s up nearly 14,500 from December of 2014. The sector of education and health services experienced the most growth last year, up 6,910. Trade, transportation and utilities grew by 3,227, according to the Department of Labor; financial activities grew by nearly 1,500 jobs in 2015.
Though the state rate held steady, both of Nebraska’s metropolitan areas suffered slight slumps. The Omaha area had an unemployment rate last month of 3%, up from 2.8% in November. The same pattern was evident in Lincoln, which saw its unemployment rate rise from 2.1% in November to 2.3% in December.
The national unemployment rate also held steady at 5%.