State Unemployment Down in December

LINCOLN (AP) - A new report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate has dropped again, hitting 3.6 percent in December. The rate was 3.7 percent in November, down slightly from 3.9 percent in October. In Madison, Pierce and Stanton counties, the unemployment rate for December was 3.1-percent, up from November's 2.8 percent, but down two-tenths of a point from December a year ago. The state Department of Labor released the employment data on Friday. The new figure remained well below the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent in December, which was down three-tenths of a point from November.