“Nebraska continued to show steady job growth in 2013 as it did in 2012,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. “There was consistent growth in manufacturing, as well as the education and health industry, throughout the year.”

The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for December 2013 is 3.6 percent, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is down 0.1 percentage points from the November rate of 3.7 percent. The December 2012 unemployment rate was 3.8 percent.


“Nebraska continued to show steady job growth in 2013 as it did in 2012,” said Commissioner of Labor Catherine D. Lang. “There was consistent growth in manufacturing, as well as the education and health industry, throughout the year.”


Over the year, Nebraska’s nonfarm employment increased by 10,066. Over the month, the three industries showing the largest gains since November are trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; and other services.


The seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate in December was 6.7 percent, down by 0.3 percentage points from the November 2013 rate of 7.0 percent. The December 2012 national unemployment rate was 7.9 percent.


The start of the benchmark process will delay the publication of January data. January 2014 data is scheduled for publication on Friday, March 7 and February data will be published on Friday, March 21. The 2009-20013 benchmarked data will be published on Friday, April 18. Benchmarking is the annual process of aligning estimated data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) programs with known employment numbers from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data. It is a necessary step in ensuring the data released by the NDOL is of the highest quality.