Dr. Nicole Smith says even with the big loss in manufacturing jobs Nebraska is still holding its own fairly well regarding the number of unemployed but still not well enough. She says economists do not expect the recession to end anytime soon. When the U-S does emerge from this difficult time the employment outlook picture will be much different that what we see now. She says those looking at going back to school or those choosing a career should consider several options expected to be in high demand.
In 2017, Dr. Smith says the types of jobs that will most likely be created are in health care, professional and business services, and computers and technology. She says there is another problem in Nebraska: low wages. She says in health care alone the largest opportunities are in support occupations and they are notorious for paying very low wages. However, those services are in high demand.
Dr. Smith says as we look to the future, 20-percent of the job openings will be in the Midwest when the recession ends. They forecast here will be 46-million job openings and 10.2-million will be in the Midwest region. About 70-percent of those jobs will require postsecondary education.