Tracking another week of record jobless claims in Nebraska
April 23, 2020
By Matt Waite, UNL Data Journalism Professor
The 16,381 initial unemployment claims last week are a 39% drop from the peak of 27,054 the previous week. However, that current number is still 1,962% higher than before coronavirus.
Put another way, the 16,381 claims reported last week is 15,613 claims above the weekly average for 2020 before coronavirus. From January to mid-March, the state reported an average of 778 claims a week.
Last week's claims number is larger than the combined populations of the 16 smallest counties in the state.
The 83,870 Nebraskans who filed for unemployment during...