The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the unemployment rate for the Omaha metropolitan area rose two-tenths of a percent in December, from 2.5% to 2.7%. The unemployment rate for the Lincoln area rose one-tenth of a percent, to 2.3% last month. In Grand Island, the unemployment rate rose from 2.6% in November to 2.8% in December.
Total non-farm employment in Nebraska dropped from 1,041,215 in November to 1,037,475 in December.
The national unemployment rate is 3.9%.