Nebraska’s unemployment rate of 3.1% didn't change in December, marking the sixth straight month it has held steady, officials said Friday, while the Lincoln-area rate fell slightly.
The preliminary December rate was three-tenths of a point higher than the adjusted December 2018 rate of 2.8%, according to a Nebraska Labor Department report.
The rate for the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2.4% in December, down from 2.6% in November and the same as the rate in December 2018.
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Both the local and state rates also were below December’s national preliminary rate of 3.5%, which was unchanged from November and down four-tenths of a point from the December 2018 rate of 3.9%.
“2019 was full of historically high employment,” said state Labor Commissioner John Albin. “The number of workers employed in Nebraska’s labor force has been above 1 million since March of 2019.”
Non-farm employment dropped a tenth of a point statewide, to 1,042,933 in December, but that figure was up by 15,649 over the year, the report said.
Non-farm employment for the Lincoln area was 196,345, up more than 100 from November and nearly 5,000 from December 2018.