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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Lincoln peaked in April 2020 at 8.1% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Nebraska 2.6% -0.2 -2.8
Lincoln 2.3% -0.1 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 15,187. There are now 10,950 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 4,237 -103 -5,988

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 2.6% 2.3% 4,237
April
2021
6.1% 2.8% 2.4% 4,340
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 3.0% 5,399
February
2021
6.2% 3.1% 3.1% 5,575
January
2021
6.3% 3.2% 3.1% 5,702
December
2020
6.7% 3.4% 3.2% 5,932
November
2020
6.7% 3.4% 3.4% 6,165
October
2020
6.9% 3.6% 3.5% 6,479
September
2020
7.8% 3.8% 3.8% 6,923
August
2020
8.4% 4.0% 4.1% 7,596
July
2020
10.2% 4.4% 4.6% 8,609

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.