NEBRASKA - A report released by the State of Nebraska shows hourly earnings in Nebraska area are behind the national average.

In the report published in May of this year by the State of Nebraska Office of Labor Market Information, shows the state wide average wage is $22.46.

According to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that's more than five dollars behind the national average of $27.84.

In Beatrice, the average wage in May 2019 was one of the lowest in the state at $18.88.