Nebraska Jobless Rate Declines

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate dropped another tenth of a point in April, hitting 3 percent after dropping to 3.1 percent in March and 3.2 percent in February.

The Nebraska Labor Department said the April rate was two-tenths of a point lower than last April’s rate of 3.2 percent and was well below the national rate of 4.4 percent last month.

The private industry segments with the most growth during April were mining and construction, up 3,980; leisure and hospitality, up 2,838; and professional and business services, up 1,579.

In the Beatrice-Gage County market, the April preliminary unemployment rate was 3.1%……down from the revised March figure, of 3.5%.

Other April and March jobless numbers included:

— Columbus: 2.9, 3.2

— Fremont: 2.7, 3.0

— Hastings: 2.9, 3.2

— Kearney: 2.2, 2.2

— Lexington: 2.7, 3.1

— Norfolk: 2.5, 2.9

— North Platte: 2.8, 3.1

— Red Willow: 2.5, 2.7

— Scottsbluff: 3.3, 3.7

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