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December Unemployment Rate Shows Improvement

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The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced Friday that Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for December 2013 is has fallen slightly.

December's unemployment came in at 3.6 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the November rate of 3.7 percent. This is also down from the December 2012 unemployment rate of 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.

Nebraska's jobless rate sits well below the average national rate which came in at was 6.7 percent for the month of December. This is down by 0.3 percentage points from the November 2013 rate of 7.0 percent and also an improvement from the December 2012 national unemployment rate of 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.

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