Department of Numbers

Nebraska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Nebraska fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2016 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Nebraska peaked in June 2009 at 4.8% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Nebraska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Nebraska 3.4% 0.0 +0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Nebraska, National

Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nebraska peaked in January 2010 at 48,042. There are now 13,996 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 28,648 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,398. Nebraska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Nebraska 34,046 -250 +3,200

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Nebraska from 1990 to December 2016

Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 3.4% 34,046
November 2016 4.6% 3.4% 34,296
October 2016 4.8% 3.3% 34,020
September 2016 4.9% 3.2% 33,097
August 2016 4.9% 3.2% 32,265
July 2016 4.9% 3.1% 31,202
June 2016 4.9% 3.0% 30,828
May 2016 4.7% 3.0% 30,567
April 2016 5.0% 3.0% 30,873
March 2016 5.0% 3.0% 30,483
February 2016 4.9% 3.0% 30,501