Bureau of Business Research


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Business in Nebraska, Volume 72, No. 722, June 2018


Copyright 2018 University of Nebraska, Bureau of Business Research


Nebraska will record solid economic growth during the forecast period but will lag U.S. growth. While Nebraska’s large farming sector has stabilized, it will not contribute much to economic growth during the forecast period. Job growth also will be sluggish in transportation, retail trade and state and local government. Job growth, however, will be stronger in the services, finance, manufacturing and construction. Projected growth rates for 2018 to 2020 are presented in Table 1.

Employment will grow by 0.8% to 1.0% per year, below the national rate. Non-farm income will grow between 3.6% and 3.8% each year. This growth is sufficient to exceed inflation and population growth, implying growth in real per capita income in Nebraska from 2018 through 2020.