The Nebraska Department of Labor announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for January is 3.8%, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is the same as the December 2012 rate and is down 0.3% from the January 2012 rate of 4.1%.
“Not only does Nebraska’s unemployment rate continue to be one of the lowest in the country, but there has also been a $31 million decrease in unemployment benefits paid from 2011 to 2012,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. The state experienced normal seasonal employment declines in non-farm occupations in January, with the largest decrease in Trade, Transportation and Utilities, decreasing by 7, 881 jobs. The smallest loss was in Information, which decreased by 225 jobs. The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in January was 7.9%, up by 0.1% over the December 2012 rate of 7.8% and down by 0.8% from the January 2012 rate of 8.6%. February 2013 data will be published on Friday, March 22.