- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.9 percent in November and was again the second-lowest state rate in the nation, according to a report issued Friday.

The U.S. Labor Department said Nebraska’s November rate came in just above North Dakota’s 2.7 percent.

Nebraska’s preliminary November rate is two-tenths of a point under the November 2014 rate of 3.1 percent, the Nebraska Labor Department said, but well below the national unemployment rate, which remained steady from October to November at 5 percent.

Nebraska’s nonfarm employment rose by 15,300 over the past year to reach nearly 1.02 million last month, the state said. Private industries with the most job growth year over year were education and health services, up by 5,444; trade, transportation and utilities, up by 3,544; and financial activities, up by 3,119.

The preliminary Omaha unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from October to 2.7 percent in November. The figure was four-tenths of a point under the 3.1 percent seen in November 2014. The Lincoln rate also dropped two-tenths of a point, to 2.1 percent, and was also two-tenths of a point under the November 2014 figure. The Grand Island rate was unchanged at 2.8 percent, down from the November 2014 figure of 3 percent.

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

Here are preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for November, followed by revised figures for October:

-Beatrice: 2.7,3.1

-Columbus: 3.1, 3.2

-Fremont: 2.7, 3.0

-Hastings: 2.4, 2.6

-Kearney: 1.9, 2.1

-Lexington: 2.6, 2.8

-Norfolk: 2.1, 2.3

-North Platte: 2.4, 2.6

-Red Willow: 2.4, 2.5

-Scottsbluff: 3.0, 3.0

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Online:

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

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