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Nebraska Labor Availability Study Publications


In the fall of 2013, the Nebraska Departments of Labor and Economic Development began collaborating on two surveys designed to measure labor availability and employer needs.

The Survey of Employer Hiring and Training Needs queries the occupations area employers are searching for and hiring, and the difficulties employers face when hiring. The survey also inquiries about the types of training employers provide.

From the survey responses, the Bureau of Business Research at UNL produces a Skills Gap Report summarizing information about job skills, describing skills gaps when present, and outlining the area skill and training business requirements.

The Labor Availability Survey gathers detailed geography and demographics, regional commuting patterns, skills and education of the area's labor force, hours worked and compensation/benefits expectations. The reports provide analysis of what entices workers to seek new employment or change jobs and evaluates the barriers to improving employment experienced by area workers.

 

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Southeast Nebraska Labor Availability Reports Southeast Nebraska Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Summer and Fall of 2021 and the Winter of 2017 for the Southeast area including Fairbury, Beatrice, Falls City, and Nebraska City.




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Southwest Nebraska Labor Availability Reports Southwest Nebraska Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Winter of 2019-2020 and the Fall of 2016 for the Southwest including: North Platte, McCook and Ogallala.


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Central Nebraska Labor Availability Reports Central Nebraska Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Winter of 2019-2020 and the Fall of 2016 for the Central area including: Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Lexington.


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Panhandle Labor Availability Reports Panhandle Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Winter of 2019-2020 and in the Spring of 2015 for the Panhandle area including: Scottsbluff, Alliance, Chadron.


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Nebraska Statewide Hiring and Training Needs Report Nebraska Statewide Labor Availability Reports


In the Winter of 2019, the Nebraska Department of Labor compiled survey data collected from households and businesses in 2016 through the Spring of 2019.

The Nebraska Statewide Labor Availability Report data set consists of over 21,000 responses from individuals across Nebraska. More than 4,700 employer responses from Nebraska and Iowa make up the data set used to create the Nebraska Statewide Hiring and Training Needs Report.
 

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O'Neill Area Labor Availability Reports O'Neill Area Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Fall of 2018 for the O'Neill area including the Niobrara River area and Holt County.




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Valentine Area Labor Availability Reports Valentine Area Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Fall of 2018 for the Valentine area including the Sandhills area and Cherry County.




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Lincoln Area Labor Availability Reports Lincoln Area Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Winter of 2018 for the Lincoln area including: Lancaster, Gage, Seward.




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Omaha Metro Labor Availability Reports Omaha Metro Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Fall of 2017 for the Omaha Metropolitan area of Nebraska and the Council Bluffs area of Iowa.




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Northeast Nebraska Labor Availability Reports Northeast Nebraska Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Fall of 2017 for the Northeast area including: Columbus, Fremont, Norfolk.




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Sidney Labor Availability Report Sidney Labor Availability Reports
 

Surveys and reports from the Fall of 2017 for the Sidney area.




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Lincoln Labor Study Reports Metro Nebraska Labor Availability Reports 
 

Surveys and reports from the Summer of 2014 for the Lincoln and Omaha metro areas.




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Northeast Nebraska Labor Availability Reports

 

Northeast Nebraska Labor Availability Reports 


In the Fall of 2013, the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Labor collaborated in a pilot project designed to measure labor availability for selected communities in northeast Nebraska.

Reports feature detailed geography and demographics, regional commuting patterns, skills and education of the area's labor force, hours worked and compensation/benefits expectations, analysis of what entices workers to seek new employment or change jobs, and analysis of barriers to improving employment experienced by area workers.