Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Nebraska

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November 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Nebraska

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Nebraska using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in September 2022.

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#50. Buffalo County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 28,040 (504 unemployed)
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#49. Clay County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 3,229 (57 unemployed)
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#48. Dodge County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 20,617 (379 unemployed)
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#47. Garfield County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 1,142 (20 unemployed)
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#46. Greeley County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 1,200 (22 unemployed)

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#45. Hamilton County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 4,794 (88 unemployed)
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#44. Holt County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 5,624 (101 unemployed)
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#43. Morrill County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 2,606 (47 unemployed)
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#42. Nance County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 1,923 (35 unemployed)
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#41. Pawnee County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 1,523 (28 unemployed)

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#40. Red Willow County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 5,911 (105 unemployed)
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#39. Saunders County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 11,695 (211 unemployed)
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#38. Seward County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 8,901 (163 unemployed)
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#37. Washington County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 11,571 (207 unemployed)
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#36. York County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 7,412 (130 unemployed)

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#35. Garden County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 1,129 (22 unemployed)
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#34. Hitchcock County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 1,306 (25 unemployed)
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#33. Keya Paha County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 570 (11 unemployed)
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#32. Lancaster County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 180,985 (3,454 unemployed)
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#31. Lincoln County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 18,541 (350 unemployed)

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#30. Merrick County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 4,085 (77 unemployed)
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#29. Otoe County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 8,610 (163 unemployed)
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#28. Richardson County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 4,247 (79 unemployed)
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#27. Saline County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 7,232 (141 unemployed)
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#26. Sarpy County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 100,823 (1,966 unemployed)

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#25. Box Butte County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 5,311 (105 unemployed)
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#24. Brown County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 1,403 (28 unemployed)
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#23. Burt County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 3,598 (72 unemployed)
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#22. Gage County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 11,086 (225 unemployed)
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#21. Gosper County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 1,198 (24 unemployed)

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#20. Hooker County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 447 (9 unemployed)
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#19. Cass County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 13,802 (284 unemployed)
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#18. Dakota County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 10,877 (223 unemployed)
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#17. Dawson County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 13,391 (283 unemployed)
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#16. Franklin County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 1,486 (31 unemployed)

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#15. Hall County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 32,080 (661 unemployed)
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#14. Nemaha County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 3,653 (77 unemployed)
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#13. Thomas County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 420 (9 unemployed)
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#12. Arthur County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
- Total labor force: 226 (5 unemployed)
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#11. Boyd County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 1,015 (22 unemployed)

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#10. Cheyenne County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 4,163 (90 unemployed)
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#9. Deuel County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 978 (22 unemployed)
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#8. Loup County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 401 (9 unemployed)
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#7. Scotts Bluff County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 18,034 (394 unemployed)
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#6. Douglas County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 309,495 (7,157 unemployed)

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#5. Webster County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 1,662 (38 unemployed)
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#4. Johnson County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 2,029 (50 unemployed)
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#3. Thurston County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 3,152 (96 unemployed)
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#2. Blaine County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: +0.8%
- Total labor force: 242 (8 unemployed)
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#1. Banner County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: +1.6%
- Total labor force: 385 (13 unemployed)

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