Nebraska Unemployment Rate Drops

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Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percent from February to March. March's unemployment rate was 3.6-percent, which is one-half point lower than March of 2003. That rate is also more than 2-percent lower than the national rate of 5.7-percent.

State Labor Commissioner Fernando Lecuona is encouraged by the news. Lecuona says that shows both the state and national economies are improving.

Specifically, from February to March, Lincoln's jobless rate fell three-tenths of a percent to 3.8-percent. Lecuona says more than 8,000 jobs were added in Nebraska in March with business professional and services showing the biggest growth.

Lecuona expects continued job growth through the upcoming months, as summer building and tourism seasons begin.