State Unemployment Rate Creeps Up in March

LINCOLN (AP) - A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, compared with 3.6 percent in February.  The rate is two-tenths of a point under the 3.9 percent the state posted in March 2013. In Madison, Pierce and Stanton counties, the unemployment rate for March was 3.9-percent, down a tenth of a point from February's four-percent, but up 3-tenths of a point from March of 2013 when the area unemployment rate was 3.6-percent. The state Department of Labor released the employment data on Friday. The new Nebraska figure remained well below the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent in March.