Nebraska Business & Employment Growth Since 2009

  • 11,969 more businesses
  • 76,380 more employees
  • 8.5% increase in total wages
  • $9,619 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 26.2% increase in wages per employee

Since 2009, the number of businesses in Nebraska has grown by 20.1% (8.6% greater than the national average of 11.4%). Employment in Nebraska has grown by 8.5% (5.1% less than the national average of 13.6%). Wages have grown by 26.2% since the end of the Great Recession. This wage growth is 0.6% greater than the national average of 25.7%.
The average weekly wage in Nebraska of $890 is 23.7% below the national average of $1,101. The gap between the national average has widened from 24.3% a widening of 0.5% since the end of the recession.

Sector Growth

Business Sector Growth

The Healthcare sector has the most businesses in the state of Nebraska. Since the end of the recession, the number of businesses has grown from 4,856 to 11,608, a gain of 139.0%. The table below illustrates the change in number of businesses in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Healthcare11,6084,856139.0%
Construction7,0756,35511.3%
Professional services6,9835,57725.2%
Retail trade6,9287,119-2.7%
Wholesale trade5,2684,9137.2%
Accommodation and food services4,6314,19510.4%
Other services4,6234,5132.4%
Finance and insurance4,4404,2165.3%
Waste services3,8023,19519.0%
Transport and warehousing2,6242,3909.8%
Real estate and rental2,2411,88918.6%
Agriculture and forestry2,2401,52447.0%
Manufacturing1,9882,061-3.5%
Information9759443.3%
Arts and entertainment93481714.3%
Company management80756143.9%
Educational services60142641.1%
Mining and oil extraction136141-3.5%
Utilities112123-8.9%

The sector that has had the strongest growth [in number of businesses] is the Healthcare sector, which has increased by 139.0% since 2009. The sector that has has the largest decline is the Retail trade sector, which has declined by 2.7% since the recession.

Employment Sector Growth

The Healthcare sector has the most employees in the state of Nebraska. Since the end of the recession, the number of employees has grown from 108,056 to 128,169, a gain of 18.6%. The table below illustrates the change in number of employees in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Healthcare128,169108,05618.6%
Retail trade107,846104,4033.3%
Manufacturing99,81693,2767.0%
Accommodation and food services77,66168,86812.8%
Finance and insurance56,11853,8074.3%
Construction52,26646,25913.0%
Waste services51,83641,27625.6%
Professional services45,57142,2447.9%
Transport and warehousing40,65638,3915.9%
Wholesale trade40,21941,220-2.4%
Other services25,30524,1834.6%
Company management21,78717,16826.9%
Information17,61717,4600.9%
Arts and entertainment14,83312,67517.0%
Agriculture and forestry14,72411,53827.6%
Real estate and rental10,1359,05212.0%
Educational services9,9799,9130.7%
Mining and oil extraction1,08190719.2%
Utilities1,0691,918-44.3%

The sector that has had the strongest employment growth [in number of employees] is the Healthcare sector, which has increased by 18.6% since 2009. The sector that has has the largest employment decline in number of employees is the Wholesale trade sector, which has declined by 2.4% since the recession.

Weekly Wage Growth By Sector

The Utilities sector has the highest average weekly wage in the state of Nebraska. Since the end of the recession, the average wage has grown from $1,797 to $2,149, a gain of 19.6%. The table below illustrates the change in weekly wage in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Utilities$2,149$1,79719.6%
Company management$1,646$1,46212.6%
Finance and insurance$1,370$97340.8%
Professional services$1,330$1,08622.5%
Information$1,240$94331.5%
Wholesale trade$1,215$93330.2%
Mining and oil extraction$1,089$82032.8%
Construction$994$78826.1%
Manufacturing$991$77627.7%
Transport and warehousing$905$67733.7%
Healthcare$902$74521.1%
Educational services$841$75411.5%
Real estate and rental$812$59935.6%
Agriculture and forestry$769$56037.3%
Waste services$741$53239.3%
Other services$620$49325.8%
Retail trade$534$42625.4%
Arts and entertainment$351$28423.6%
Accommodation and food services$316$23236.2%

The sector that has had the strongest wage growth is the Finance and insurance sector, which has increased by 40.8% since 2009. The sector that has has the smallest wage growth is the Arts and entertainment sector, which has declined by 23.6% since the recession.


Industry Growth

Business Industry Growth

The Services for the elderly and disabled industry has the greatest number of businesses in the state of Nebraska. Since the end of the recession, the number of businesses has grown from 103 to 5,906, a gain of 5,634.0%. The table below illustrates the change in the number of businesses in the top industries.

Industry20182009Pct Chg
Services for the elderly and disabled5,9061035,634.0%
Computer systems design and related services1,9131,16963.6%
Insurance agencies and brokerages1,5101,36810.4%
Residential building construction1,3801,25010.4%
Offices of physicians1,0379776.1%
Commercial banking9358589.0%

The top industry that has had the largest increase in the number of businesses is the Services for the elderly and disabled industry, which has increased by 5,634.0% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest decline in the number of businesses is the Offices of physicians industry, which has declined by 6.1% since the recession.

Employment Industry Growth

The Restaurants and other eating places industry has the greatest number of employees in the state of Nebraska. This industry currently has 61,137 employees in it. There is no direct comparison back to the total at the end of the recession and is not included in the table below.

Industry20182009Pct Chg
General medical and surgical hospitals31,59432,018-1.3%
Animal slaughtering and processing27,80224,90111.7%
Management of companies and enterprises21,78717,16826.9%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores18,68816,86410.8%
General freight trucking long-distance17,68819,616-9.8%
Offices of physicians15,53914,4667.4%

The top industry that has had the largest increase in the number of employees is the Management of companies and enterprises industry, which has increased by 26.9% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest decline in the number of employees is the General freight trucking long-distance industry, which has declined by 9.8% since the recession.

Weekly Wage Growth By Industry

The Investment banking and securities dealing industry has the highest average weekly wage in the state of Nebraska. Since the end of the recession, the average wage has grown from $2,210 to $4,069, a gain of 84.1%. The table below illustrates the change in weekly wage in each sector.
Industry20182009Pct Chg
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,069$2,21084.1%
Natural gas distribution$2,566$1,94132.2%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,351$1,60946.1%
Commodity contracts brokerage$2,250$1,61739.1%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$2,102$1,18677.2%
Securities brokerage$2,038$1,21767.5%

The top industry that has had the strongest wage growth is the Investment banking and securities dealing industry, which has increased by 84.1% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest wage decline is the Natural gas distribution industry, which has declined by 32.2% since the recession.


Company Size

Business Growth By Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with fewer than 5 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has grown from 31,276 to 42,221, which is an increase of 35.0%.

The smallest percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has grown from 10,406 to 11,097, which is an increase of 6.6%.

Table: Change in the number of Businesses by Size of Business, since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees42,22131,27635.0%
5-9 Employees11,09710,4066.6%
10-19 Employees7,6127,0088.6%
20-49 Employees5,1204,39916.4%
50-99 Employees1,4791,31012.9%
100-249 Employees75566613.4%
250-499 Employees2061899.0%
500-999 Employees70657.7%
More Than 1,000 Employees423713.5%


Employment Growth by Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with fewer than 5 employees. The number of employees in companies this size has grown from 53,502 to 62,873, which is an increase of 17.5%.

The smallest percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of employees with this number of employees has grown from 68,346 to 72,536, which is an increase of 6.1%.

Table: Change in the number of Employees by Size of Business, since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees62,87353,50217.5%
5-9 Employees72,53668,3466.1%
10-19 Employees101,99093,2389.4%
20-49 Employees150,286130,04515.6%
50-99 Employees100,35588,70413.1%
100-249 Employees110,772100,27610.5%
250-499 Employees72,08364,95511.0%
500-999 Employees46,86141,75912.2%
More Than 1,000 Employees82,04076,2387.6%


Weekly Wage Growth by Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 1,000 or more employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $813 to $1,171, which is an increase of 44.0%.

The smallest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 250 to 499 employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $851 to $980, which is an increase of 15.2%.

Table: Change Average Weekly Wage by Size Since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees$842$64730.1%
5-9 Employees$740$54835.0%
10-19 Employees$742$57828.4%
20-49 Employees$780$62524.8%
50-99 Employees$848$64331.9%
100-249 Employees$946$67839.5%
250-499 Employees$980$85115.2%
500-999 Employees$1,263$97130.1%
More Than 1,000 Employees$1,171$81344.0%



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This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.