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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Lincoln peaked in November 2009 at 4.5% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Nebraska 3.1% 0.0 +0.4
Lincoln 2.8% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 7,674. There are now 2,441 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,548 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 685. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 5,233 +66 +533

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.1%
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 5,233
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 5,167
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.8% 5,097
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 2.7% 4,945
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.6% 4,797
March
2019
3.8% 2.8% 2.6% 4,711
February
2019
3.8% 2.8% 2.5% 4,605
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.5% 4,594
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.5% 4,643
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.5% 4,648
October
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.6% 4,664

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.