These Are The 10 Cities In Nebraska With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Nebraska with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Nebraska for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Cornhusker State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Sidney(Jobs)
  2. Blair(Jobs)
  3. York(Jobs)
  4. Holdrege(Jobs)
  5. Chadron(Jobs)
  6. Gretna(Jobs)
  7. Papillion(Jobs)
  8. Norfolk(Jobs)
  9. La Vista(Jobs)
  10. Seward(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Sidney takes the cake as the place in Nebraska with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Nebraska that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Nebraska job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Nebraska’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 32 places in Nebraska.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 32 with one being the “most employed city in Nebraska”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Sidney

Sidney, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,801
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Sidney comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 1.0 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,990
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Blair doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. York

York, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,878
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is York, earning the bronze medal with a score of 1.8 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Holdrege

Holdrege, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,506
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Holdrege. With a population of 5506 residents, Holdrege is a solid place to move in Nebraska if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Chadron

Chadron, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,829
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Chadron. Numbering around 5829 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 2.7%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Gretna

Gretna, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,416
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
The city of Gretna is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,100
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Papillion. With a unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Norfolk

Norfolk, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,364
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Coming in at #8, Norfolk has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Nebraska’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,125
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of La Vista, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Seward

Seward, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,050
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Seward, Nebraska. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 32.

Seward’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Nebraska

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Nebraska with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. South Sioux City
  2. Schuyler
  3. Scottsbluff

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Nebraska

City Rank Unemployment
Sidney 1 1.0%
Blair 2 1.3%
York 3 1.8%
Holdrege 4 1.9%
Chadron 5 2.7%
Gretna 6 2.8%
Papillion 7 3.4%
Norfolk 8 3.4%
La Vista 9 3.5%
Seward 10 3.5%
Kearney 11 3.8%
Alliance 12 4.4%
Crete 13 4.5%
Wayne 14 4.6%
Beatrice 15 4.7%
North Platte 16 4.7%
Plattsmouth 17 4.9%
Gering 18 4.9%
Fremont 19 5.0%
Mccook 20 5.0%
Columbus 21 5.1%
Lincoln 22 5.3%
Ralston 23 5.8%
Hastings 24 6.2%
Omaha 25 6.3%
Grand Island 26 6.6%
Bellevue 27 6.7%
Nebraska City 28 6.8%
Lexington 29 7.7%
Scottsbluff 30 8.1%
Schuyler 31 9.1%
South Sioux City 32 9.4%
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