Nebraska set to add more than 32,000 jobs through 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. – Economic forecasters with the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, reported the state can expect modest but steady economic growth in coming years, and that the state likely will add about 32,000 new jobs through 2017.
While the national economy will fluctuate, those in Nebraska can expect an annual increase of jobs at about 1.1 percent. The forecast was produced with the Nebraska Business Forecast Council.
It showed many new jobs will be in construction, with an expected uptick in new home construction and construction of roads. Nonfarm income should grow at about 3.9 percent annually, while farm jobs are expected to decline.
The report showed construction to be the fastest growing employment segment, with increases of 2.5 to 3 percent. Overall, however, the services industry is the state’s largest sector with more than 382,000 employees in health care, hospitality and other fields. The sector is expected to grow in coming years at a rate of about 1.5 percent annually.