Department of Numbers

Nebraska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Nebraska fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 2.6%. The state unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Nebraska peaked in April 2020 at 7.4% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Nebraska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Nebraska 2.6% -0.2 -2.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Nebraska, National

Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nebraska peaked in April 2020 at 77,832. There are now 51,071 fewer people unemployed in the state. Nebraska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Nebraska 26,761 -1,476 -28,983

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Nebraska from 1990 to May 2021

Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 2.6% 26,761
April 2021 6.1% 2.8% 28,237
March 2021 6.0% 2.9% 29,945
February 2021 6.2% 3.1% 31,948
January 2021 6.3% 3.2% 32,710
December 2020 6.7% 3.4% 34,528
November 2020 6.7% 3.4% 35,298
October 2020 6.9% 3.6% 36,579
September 2020 7.8% 3.8% 38,568
August 2020 8.4% 4.0% 41,294
July 2020 10.2% 4.4% 44,925