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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Lincoln peaked in April 2020 at 9.6% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Nebraska 3.1% -0.1 +0.1
Lincoln 3.2% 0.0 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 18,045. There are now 12,177 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 447. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 5,868 +89 +816

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.1% 3.2% 5,868
January
2021
6.3% 3.2% 3.2% 5,779
December
2020
6.7% 3.4% 2.9% 5,562
November
2020
6.7% 3.4% 2.9% 5,484
October
2020
6.9% 3.6% 2.8% 5,421
September
2020
7.8% 3.8% 3.4% 6,481
August
2020
8.4% 4.0% 3.9% 7,491
July
2020
10.2% 4.4% 4.9% 9,495
June
2020
11.1% 6.6% 5.4% 10,557
May
2020
13.3% 5.4% 5.3% 9,886
April
2020
14.8% 7.4% 9.6% 18,045

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.