After nearing a three-month high two weeks ago, Nebraska's unemployment claims decreased for a second consecutive week.

For the week ending July 25, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell from 3,989 the previous week to 3,557 -- the lowest level since before the COVID-19 pandemic caused a spike in March.

Continuing unemployment claims, which lag initial claims by a week, also declined. In Nebraska, that figure decreased from 53,151 to 45,640.

Though the number of first-time claims dipped by more than 173,000, falling to around 1.2 million, an increase of more than half a million continuing claims brought the total to nearly 16.9 million Americans on unemployment insurance.