Nebraska expects to produce a record number of jobs in 2015 as the state economy continues to expand.
Projections foresee the number of jobs in Nebraska topping one million for the first time, at 1.1 million.
Gov. Dave Heineman credits a broad approach to economic development for the milestone.
“We’re moving in the right direction in about every category I can think of, but you can’t sit still,” Heineman says. “We exist in a very rapidly changing, fast-paced, global economy.”
The number of jobs in Nebraska is expected to grow by 2.5% from 2013 to 2015, adding 27,000 jobs.
According to the governor’s office, more than 200 occupations are expected to grow in the coming year.
High demand jobs in 2015 include registered nurses, accountants, market research analysts, software developers, carpenters, electricians, and truck drivers.
Projections are based both on recent growth patterns and current economic trends, according to the governor’s office.
Nebraska’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1% in November, well below the national unemployment rate of 5.8%.
Such a low state unemployment rate could lead to labor shortages in Nebraska, which would suppress job growth.
Acting Labor Commissioner John Albin isn’t worried. Albin says there is room for movement in the state labor pool.
“The jobs, the occupations with the highest growth projections through 2015 are the high-wage, high-skill, high-demand job category jobs which people tend to move up in,” according to Albin. “So, the workers are there.”