- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate inched up to 3.6 percent in July, according to a state report released Friday.

That’s a tenth of a point above the revised June rate of 3.5 percent, the Nebraska Labor Department report said, but four-tenths of a point under the July 2013 rate of 4 percent.

The new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.2 percent in July, which was a tenth of a point above the revised June figure of 6.1 percent.

“July marks 11 straight months of year-to-year decreases in the unemployment rate,” said acting Labor Commissioner John Albin. “The number of unemployed workers continued to decline on a year-to-year basis, and the labor force held steady at more than 1 million workers.”

Last month the state listed 36,770 people as unemployed, compared with 36,205 in June and 41,259 in July 2013. There were 1,020,632 people in the state labor force last month, the report said, compared with 1,024,775 in June.

In Omaha the preliminary unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent in June, compared with 4.1 percent in June. The new rate is three-tenths of a point under the 4.5 percent of July 2013. Lincoln’s July rate also rose, to 3.4 percent from 3.3 percent in June. The July 2013 mark was 3.9 percent.

The unemployment rates for Lincoln and Omaha are not seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.

Here are all preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for July, followed by the revised June rates:

-Beatrice: 5.3, 3.7

-Columbus: 3.3, 3.2

-Fremont: 3.9, 3.8

-Grand Island: 5.8, 3.5

-Hastings: 3.7, 3.5

-Kearney: 3.1, 2.9

-Lexington: 4.0, 4.0

-Norfolk: 3.4, 3.4

-North Platte: 3.3, 3.2

-Red Willow: 3.4, 3.6

-Scotts Bluff: 4.2, 4.1

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Online:

Nebraska Department of Labor: https://www.dol.nebraska.gov

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