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Nebraska unemployment rate drops further, while Lincoln's ticks up
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Nebraska unemployment rate drops further, while Lincoln's ticks up

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Nebraska once again has the lowest unemployment rate in the country as the state continues its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nebraska Department of Labor reported Friday that the June unemployment rate in the state was 2.5%, down from 2.6% in May and 6.7% in June 2020.

The 2.5% rate, which is the lowest rate in more than two decades, again gave the state the lowest unemployment rate in the country, a title it had held for several months up until May.

The state had nearly 5,000 more jobs in June than it did in May and a whopping 46,000 more jobs than in June of last year.

The unemployment rate in the Lincoln area ticked up slightly in June compared with May, going from 2.2% to 2.5%. But the rate was way down compared with a year ago, when it was 6.6%.

Lincoln saw its job numbers drop by nearly 500 from May to June, although those numbers are not adjusted for seasonality. On a year-over-year basis, the area added nearly 10,000 jobs in June.

Both the local and state unemployment rates in June remained well below the national rate, which rose to 5.9% from 5.8% in May. The national rate in June 2020 was 11.1%.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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