Bureau of Business Research


Date of this Version



Business in Nebraska vol. 51 no. 608


Copyright 1996 by Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska.


Nebraska's low rate of unemployment, job counts, and relatively steady employment growth history reflect favorably, in general terms, on the state's economy. Behind the job numbers and growth, however, are specific mixes of occupations such as technicians, executives, clerks, managers, and teachers. These occupations generate tax revenues and contribute to overall economic well being in accordance with their wage levels.

A detailed examination of actual wages by occupation in Nebraska is far beyond the scope ofthis article. However, one can compare the mix of occupations in Nebraska to that of the nation to answer a fundamental question:

Based on the industries in the state, are certain occupational categories under or over represented in Nebraska's labor market in comparison to the national market?