Department of Numbers

Nebraska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Nebraska rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Nebraska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Nebraska 3.0% +0.1 +0.2

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 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nebraska peaked in January 2010 at 48,092. There are now 17,445 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 27,898 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,749. Nebraska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Nebraska 30,647 +786 +2,034

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Nebraska from 1990 to May 2019

Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployed
June 2019 3.7%
May 2019 3.6% 3.0% 30,647
April 2019 3.6% 2.9% 29,861
March 2019 3.8% 2.8% 29,319
February 2019 3.8% 2.8% 28,562
January 2019 4.0% 2.8% 28,269
December 2018 3.9% 2.8% 28,157
November 2018 3.7% 2.8% 28,133
October 2018 3.8% 2.7% 28,048
September 2018 3.7% 2.7% 27,941
August 2018 3.8% 2.7% 27,898
July 2018 3.9% 2.7% 28,005