Department of Numbers

Nebraska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Nebraska fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2017 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Nebraska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Nebraska 2.9% -0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Nebraska, National

Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nebraska peaked in January 2010 at 48,042. There are now 18,671 fewer people unemployed in the state. Nebraska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Nebraska 29,371 -660 -2,814

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Nebraska from 1990 to May 2017

Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 2.9% 29,371
April 2017 4.4% 3.0% 30,031
March 2017 4.5% 3.1% 30,997
February 2017 4.7% 3.2% 32,537
January 2017 4.8% 3.3% 33,223
December 2016 4.7% 3.3% 33,408
November 2016 4.6% 3.3% 33,313
October 2016 4.8% 3.3% 33,173
September 2016 4.9% 3.3% 33,002
August 2016 4.9% 3.2% 32,808
July 2016 4.9% 3.2% 32,586
June 2016 4.9% 3.2% 32,366