Department of Numbers

Nebraska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Nebraska fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 2.0 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 January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Nebraska 2.9% -0.1 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Nebraska, National

Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nebraska peaked in January 2010 at 48,092. There are now 17,850 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 29,281 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 961. Nebraska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Nebraska 30,242 -910 -1,104

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Nebraska from 1990 to January 2020

Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.9% 30,242
December 2019 3.5% 3.0% 31,152
November 2019 3.5% 3.0% 31,147
October 2019 3.6% 3.0% 31,242
September 2019 3.5% 3.0% 31,453
August 2019 3.7% 3.1% 31,678
July 2019 3.7% 3.1% 31,904
June 2019 3.7% 3.1% 32,050
May 2019 3.6% 3.1% 32,104
April 2019 3.6% 3.1% 32,082
March 2019 3.8% 3.1% 31,930