The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Nebraska For 2020

by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in Nebraska.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Nebraska.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Nebraska. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in Nebraska

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Nebraska metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in Nebraska.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-16 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the La Vista area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.7%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 16 metro areas from 1-to-16. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Papillion

Papillion, NE

Unemployment Rate: 2.15%
Average Income: $96,468

2. La Vista

La Vista, NE

Unemployment Rate: 1.69%
Average Income: $79,411

3. Columbus

Columbus, NE

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.52%
Average Income: $71,094

4. Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

Unemployment Rate: 3.58%
Average Income: $73,422

5. Kearney

Kearney, NE

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.27%
Average Income: $71,832

6. Omaha

Omaha, NE

Unemployment Rate: 4.67%
Average Income: $78,728

7. Bellevue

Bellevue, NE

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.52%
Average Income: $76,015

8. Norfolk

Norfolk, NE

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.47%
Average Income: $65,202

9. North Platte

North Platte, NE

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.44%
Average Income: $61,858

10. South Sioux

Unemployment Rate: 5.83%
Average Income: $62,890


You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in La Vista and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While La Vista and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Nebraska, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in La Vista will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Nebraska

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Papillion 2.15% $96,468
2 La Vista 1.69% $79,411
3 Columbus 4.52% $71,094
4 Lincoln 3.58% $73,422
5 Kearney 3.27% $71,832
6 Omaha 4.67% $78,728
7 Bellevue 5.52% $76,015
8 Norfolk 3.47% $65,202
9 North Platte 3.44% $61,858
10 South Sioux 5.83% $62,890
11 Grand Island 4.7% $68,030
12 Lexington 6.28% $61,321
13 Hastings 3.33% $67,793
14 Beatrice 4.05% $55,977
15 Scottsbluff 6.21% $55,892
16 Fremont 5.49% $61,956
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