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May 25, 2021Lincoln, Neb. |  By: AP

Nebraska unemployment down in April, still lowest nationally

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - 
Nebraska retained its spot as the state with the nation's lowest unemployment rate last month as the percentage improved slightly.

Nebraska reported seasonally adjusted April unemployment of 2.8%, tied with New Hampshire, South Dakota and Utah. Nebraska's rate in March was 2.9%.

The rates are substantially better than they were at the same time last year, when the pandemic and social-distancing restrictions triggered widespread layoffs.

The unemployment rate in April 2020 was 7.4% statewide, 8.7% in Omaha and 8% in Lincoln. The local unemployment rates from last month were 2.9% in Omaha, 2.2% in Lincoln and 2.5% in Grand Island.