NORTHEAST NEBRASKA - A report released by the State of Nebraska shows hourly earnings in the northeast 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 Northeast Nebraska, Thurston County posts the highest average wage at $23.23 dollars and Madison County sits at $19.83.

The lowest in the area is Wheeler County at $14.00 dollars.