The state Department of Labor reports the preliminary unemployment rate for July dropped to 2.8%, a tenth of a percent lower than the June unemployment rate.
The state unemployment rate has dropped four-tenths of a percent since July of last year.
According to the department, nonfarm employment remained above one million at 1,027,456.
The sector of professional and business services added the most jobs last month: 903. Leisure and hospitality added 433 jobs with other services growing by 355 jobs. Losses were recorded in trade and educational services.
Nationally, the unemployment rate for July dropped slightly to 4.3%.
The unemployment rate for the Omaha metropolitan area also dropped by a tenth of a percent to 3.1% in July. In Lincoln, the unemployment rate dropped from 2.8% in June to 2.7% in July. The Grand Island unemployment rate held steady a 3%.