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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.6%. 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 February 2010 at 4.6% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 -0.1
Lincoln 2.6% +0.2 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 February 2010 at 7,809. There are now 3,111 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,137 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 561. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 4,698 +261 +561

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.8%
February
2019
3.8% 2.8% 2.6% 4,698
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.4% 4,437
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.5% 4,483
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.6% 4,730
October
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.7% 4,844
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.6% 4,632
August
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.6% 4,682
July
2018
3.9% 2.7% 2.6% 4,694
June
2018
4.0% 2.8% 2.6% 4,745
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.7% 4,771
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.6% 4,696

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.