The Nebraska economy began the new year as it ended the old year.
The state Department of Labor reports the state unemployment rate in January was 3.3%, the same as the rate in December.
Nonfarm employment, according to the department, totaled 1,003,072. Jobs in the service industry experienced the strongest growth in January.
The unemployment rate in Omaha in January was 3%; 3.1% in Lincoln; and 5.9% in Grand Island.
Nebraska has taken a hit nationally, falling into a 9th place tie with Iowa as a number of states have shown economic improvement in 2017.
Nationally, the unemployment rate is at 4.8%.