Gov. Pete Ricketts announces the Nebraska workforce has reached a milestone.
“If you go back and look at 2015, for the first time ever, Nebraska had on average a million non-farm jobs,” according to Ricketts. “I’ll say that again, last year Nebraska averaged across the course of the year a million non-farm jobs. That’s the first time that has ever happened in our state.”
The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the non-farm job count for last year actually topped one million, at 1,006,283.
The sector which encompasses trade, transportation, and utilities is the largest private employer, with 206,724 workers. Education and health services ranks second with 149,353 workers. The third largest sector is professional and business services at 117,234 workers.
The fastest growth last year occurred within the educational and health services sector, with 131,190 employees in health care and social assistance, which added nearly one thousand jobs last year.
In all, Nebraska added more than 13,000 jobs in 2015.
State Labor Commissioner John Albin says his department has seen job growth throughout Nebraska.
“We try and make our focus be to assist growth in any part of the state where there’s an employer willing to hire,” Albin says.
State Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger says the state’s low unemployment rate has made good workers a premium, for everyone.
“Every employer that I talk to, I literally haven’t found one field where they wouldn’t like to see additional workers,” Dentlinger says. “I think if we can address this shortage, the workforce shortage, and help more students going into the right fields, bringing back more people to the state of Nebraska, we have a tremendous opportunity for additional growth.”
Nebraska has the third lowest unemployment rate among the states at 3%.
Gov. Ricketts and the Department of Economic Development will host the first annual Governor’s Summit on Economic Development later this month.