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State Workforce Development Board

Nebraska Department of Labor
Joan Modrell, Director, Office of Employment and Training
550 S 16th
Lincoln, NE 68520
Phone: 402-471-9948
Fax: 402-471-3050

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Maintain a dynamic, demand-driven workforce development system focusing on high-growth, high-demand industries within a regional development context.
  2. Increase the integration of services to employers and job seekers by multiple public and private partners.
  3. Recognize the need to meet the changing long and short term needs of businesses and individuals with a coordinated, efficient, and less bureaucratic delivery system.
  4. Provide the knowledge, skills and resources for learning, earning and living.

Fast Facts

  • Nebraska ended 2010 with 9,989 more jobs than in December of 2009.
  • High growth industries for Nebraska include: Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts; Computer Software Engineers; Registered Nurses; Truck Drivers; Customer Service Representatives; Medical Assistants; and Accountants and Auditors.
  • Nebraska offers one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States. The current unemployment rate in the State of Nebraska is 4.1%.
  • Nebraska’s NEworks web site offers an average of 20,000 job openings.
  • 48% of job seeking candidates in Nebraska have more than ten years of on-the-job experience.
  • The annual average wage in Nebraska is $36,088.
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