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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.7%. 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 February 2010 at 4.6% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 -0.1
Lincoln 2.7% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2,975 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 697. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 4,834 +202 +59

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.7% 4,834
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.6% 4,632
August
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.6% 4,682
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.6% 4,694
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.6% 4,745
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.7% 4,771
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.6% 4,696
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.4% 4,292
February
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.3% 4,137
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.4% 4,219
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.6% 4,636

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.