Department of Numbers

Nebraska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Nebraska fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Nebraska peaked in January 2010 at 4.9% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Nebraska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Nebraska, National

Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nebraska peaked in January 2010 at 48,092. There are now 19,248 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 28,215 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 629. Nebraska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Nebraska 28,844 -157 -338

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Nebraska from 1990 to August 2018

Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 2.8% 28,844
July 2018 3.9% 2.9% 29,001
June 2018 4.0% 2.9% 28,967
May 2018 3.8% 2.8% 28,792
April 2018 3.9% 2.8% 28,496
March 2018 4.1% 2.8% 28,215
February 2018 4.1% 2.8% 28,393
January 2018 4.1% 2.9% 28,838
December 2017 4.1% 2.9% 29,309
November 2017 4.1% 2.9% 29,308
October 2017 4.1% 2.9% 29,272