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 2015 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 2.1 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 2.5% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Nebraska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Nebraska 2.9% 0.0 -0.2

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nebraska peaked in January 2010 at 48,042. There are now 18,327 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 25,583 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,132. Nebraska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Nebraska 29,715 +74 -1,424

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Nebraska from 1990 to December 2015

Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 2.9% 29,715
November 2015 5.0% 2.9% 29,641
October 2015 5.0% 2.9% 29,575
September 2015 5.1% 2.9% 29,051
August 2015 5.1% 2.8% 28,675
July 2015 5.3% 2.7% 27,620
June 2015 5.3% 2.6% 26,643
May 2015 5.5% 2.6% 25,902
April 2015 5.4% 2.5% 25,583
March 2015 5.5% 2.6% 26,224
February 2015 5.5% 2.7% 27,836