Little Change In Unemployment Rate

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a point in June, hitting 4 percent.

The Nebraska Labor Department said in a report released Friday that the rate was unchanged from the 4 percent in June 2012.

The national rate remained unchanged last month at 7.6 percent, the same rate as May.

Iowa's unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.6 percent.

A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the rate remained the same despite the state adding 6,500 jobs.

It's still an improvement from the same period last year, when Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent and the state had 24,800 less jobs.

The Des Moines Register reports the industries of construction, leisure and hospitality added 2,600 jobs in June. Professional and business services also added 1,900 jobs in the same period.

Education, health services and government each lost 1,700 jobs in June.

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