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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Lincoln peaked in April 2020 at 9.6% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Nebraska 3.1% +0.1 +0.1
Lincoln 2.9% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 18,045. There are now 12,550 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,421 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 74. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 5,495 +74 +192

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 3.1% 2.9% 5,495
October
2020
6.9% 3.0% 2.8% 5,421
September
2020
7.8% 3.6% 3.4% 6,481
August
2020
8.4% 4.0% 3.9% 7,491
July
2020
10.2% 4.9% 4.9% 9,495
June
2020
11.1% 5.5% 5.4% 10,557
May
2020
13.3% 5.3% 5.3% 9,886
April
2020
14.8% 8.7% 9.6% 18,045
March
2020
4.4% 4.0% 3.8% 7,189
February
2020
3.5% 2.9% 2.7% 5,052
January
2020
3.5% 2.9% 2.7% 5,021

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.