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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Lincoln peaked in April 2020 at 8.8% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.9% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Nebraska 2.2% +0.1 -0.3
Lincoln 2.1% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lincoln, Nebraska, National

Lincoln, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lincoln peaked in April 2020 at 16,455. There are now 12,508 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,565 in April 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 382. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 3,947 +58 -88

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.2% 2.1% 3,947
August
2022
3.7% 2.1% 2.0% 3,889
July
2022
3.5% 2.0% 2.0% 3,819
June
2022
3.6% 1.9% 2.0% 3,749
May
2022
3.6% 1.9% 1.9% 3,619
April
2022
3.6% 1.9% 1.9% 3,565
March
2022
3.6% 2.0% 1.9% 3,578
February
2022
3.8% 2.1% 1.9% 3,615
January
2022
4.0% 2.2% 2.0% 3,755
December
2021
3.9% 2.3% 2.1% 3,880
November
2021
4.2% 2.4% 2.1% 3,870

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.