News Releases

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6/10/2024

Labor Availability and Hiring Needs Reports for Scottsbluff, Sidney, Alliance, and Chadron are now available at NEworks.nebraska.gov. The reports cover responses from 11 counties, 390 businesses, and over 1,200 households on topics including hiring difficulty, barriers to employment, job openings, and important factors when seeking employment. The survey area population includes over 63,000 adults and an estimated total labor force of over 41,000.
5/28/2024

The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) reminds workers that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to eligible individuals as a result of a major disaster declared by the President on May 3, 2024. NDOL is accepting applications for DUA from individuals in Washington and Douglas counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that occurred on April 26, 2024. Applications for DUA must be filed by July 2
5/17/2024

The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for April 2024 is 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate is unchanged since September 2023 and is up 0.5 percentage points from the April 2023 rate of 2.0 percent. Nebraska's rate is ranked fourth lowest in the nation. National unemployment rate rankings are available here: bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm.
5/16/2024

The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) invites businesses across Nebraska to join a growing group of employers providing youth Registered Apprenticeship opportunities. Eighty-six businesses across the state are now employing youth apprentices in 30 different occupations. Six high schools, three community colleges, and two universities are partnering with these businesses to offer youth ages 16-24 positions that earn a wage while teaching valuable job skills.
5/7/2024

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to eligible individuals as a result of a major disaster declared by the President on May 3, 2024. The Nebraska Department of Labor is accepting applications for DUA from individuals in Washington and Douglas counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the Severe Storms, Straight-line winds, and Tornadoes that occurred on April 26, 2024. Applications for DUA must be filed by July 2, 2024.
4/19/2024

LINCOLN - The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for March 2024 is 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate is unchanged from the February rate and is up 0.5 percentage points from the March 2023 rate of 2.0 percent. Nebraska is ranked fourth in the nation.
3/22/2024

LINCOLN - The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for February 2024 is 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate has remained unchanged for six straight months and is up 0.4 percentage points from the February 2023 rate of 2.1 percent. Nebraska was ranked fifth in the nation.
3/11/2024

LINCOLN - Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for January 2024 is 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate was unchanged from the revised December 2023 rate of 2.5 percent and is up 0.4 percentage points from the January 2023 rate of 2.1 percent. Nebraska was ranked fifth in the nation.
1/23/2024

LINCOLN - Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate for December 2023 is 2.3 percent, seasonally adjusted. The rate was unchanged from the November 2023 rate of 2.3 percent and is down 0.4 percentage points from the December 2022 rate of 2.7 percent. Nebraska was ranked fifth in the nation. National unemployment rate rankings are available here: bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm.