We can sing Nebraska’s praises all day long, but the proof is in the pudding. Data, economic trends, research reports, statistics, profiles, and demographics…you can find them all here. DED is eager to assist with tools, information, and assistance to make your vision a reality.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development contracted with SRI International to provide a detailed assessment of Nebraska’s economic development ecosystem. Included in this assessment are analyses of targeted industries in Nebraska, the Nebraska Advantage Act and other incentive programs, Nebraska’s workforce, and infrastructure. The following report, “Nebraska’s Next Economy: Goals, Policies and Practices for the Economic Development Ecosystem,” is the result of that contract. In addition to the analysis of ecosystem, the report suggests goals and best practices for improving the state’s ecosystem.

The Nebraska Department of Economic engaged SRI to perform a high-level assessment of Nebraska’s innovation ecosystem. In the following report titled Supporting Innovation-Led Growth in Nebraska, SRI identifies gaps and opportunities that the state can target for future investment.

Since 2013, the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Labor collaborated on surveys designed to measure labor availability and employer needs throughout Nebraska.

The Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln also produced skills gap reports based on the results from data received from individuals and employers in Nebraska. These reports summarize information about job skills in Nebraska and whether skills gaps are present.

More than a dozen of the State’s employment centers are covered in these studies. Access all the reports here.

State Government Revenues and Expenditures


State and Local Government Employment


State and Local Tax Collections



U.S. and Nebraska Trade Summaries

Nebraska Export/Import Statistics – Tables

Nebraska Export/Import Statistics – Graphs

Foreign Direct Investment in Nebraska – Graphs


Mineral Production and Resources

Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, and Services

State Business Numbers and Activity

County Business Establishments

Minority Businesses

Census Population Counts and Estimates

Population Change — Migration and Other Components

Population by Age, Sex, and Ethnicity

Population Projections

Motor Vehicles

Roads and Highways

Railroad, Airline, and Waterway Transportation

Telecommunications and Other Media

Cost of Living










Sales Tax


Vital Statistics

Compiled By:
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
Lincoln NE 68509-4666
FAX: 402-471-3778
TDD: 402-471-3441

Nebraska Economic Trends

Questions about Nebraska’s Economy

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