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Nebraska Schools Can Help You Get the Most from Nebraska's Job Market

Nebraska's economy is divided between it substantial rural areas and its big cities, where the economy is fairly broad, offering a job market for most occupations. According to Nebraska's Department of Economic Development, Cost of Living, Real gross domestic product (GDP) in Nebraska declined 0.3 percent in 2009, comparing favorably against a GDP of -1.2 percent for the Plains region and -2.1 percent for the U.S. as a whole. Nebraska's unemployment rate of only 4.7 percent is positive compared to a rate of 9.6 percent nationally in October 2010.

Nebraska's Job Market

Much of Nebraska's area comprises agriculturally productive prairie land. Nebraska has a low population density with most of its population concentrated in big cities such as Omaha and the capital Lincoln. Farming and ranching are a significant part of Nebraska's economy. Tourism also contributes to Nebraska's economy, thanks mainly to its national parks and historic trails and monuments. Other industries that are important to Nebraska's economy include manufacturing, information technology, and telecommunications. Five Fortune 500 corporations are located in Omaha, the largest of which is the insurance giant Berkshire Hathaway.

The non-farm industries employing the most people in Nebraska in October 2010 were:

  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities: 194,700
  • Government: 169,200
  • Education & Health Services: 138,700

Those with the largest growth in employment in the year to October 2010 were:

  • Education & Health Services: 2.5 percent
  • Other Services: 2.2 percent
  • Professional & Business Services: 1.5 percent

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for the U.S. was $43,460 in May 2009, while in Nebraska it was $37,310. However, Nebraska's cost of living is below average in all major categories, so you get more for your money in Nebraska.

How Nebraska Schools Could Help You in the Job Market

Almost half of all new jobs in the decade 2008-2018 are expected to require a postsecondary degree or other award. Check out Nebraska schools to find the degree that could lead to the Nebraska career for you.

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