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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln fell 4.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 5.1%. 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 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Nebraska 5.3% -3.4 +2.2
Lincoln 5.1% -4.5 +2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 18,045. There are now 8,407 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 9,638 -8,407 +4,343

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 6.7%
May
2020
13.3% 5.3% 5.1% 9,638
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 2.9% 2.7% 5,021
December
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.8% 5,324
November
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.8% 5,303
October
2019
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 5,289
September
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.8% 5,280
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 5,283

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.