Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
Nebraska consistently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. Many state agencies work hard help ensure that Nebraska remains competitive in workforce recruitment and retention. One of those agencies is the Nebraska Department of Labor.
Cathy Lang serves as both Commissioner of Labor and Director of the Department of Economic Development. These departments collaborate to promote business growth and a healthy economy. Both agencies work to build Nebraska's talent pool to meet the needs of business and industry.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to develop a quality workforce through dynamic and collaborative partnerships, employment services, training, education, temporary income continuation, safety-related programs and labor market information.
There are over 400 employees within the Department of Labor. In addition to the administrative office and the Nebraska Claims Center in Lincoln, employees are located in 15 job centers and offices throughout the state. These locations offer a full range of services, including help with resume writing and interview preparation, job skills training, job referrals, financial aid, career counseling and veterans services.
The Department of Labor has many locations where Nebraskans can access services, including online services and access points through collaborative partnerships with community colleges, libraries, and community foundations. The department's job site, NEworks.nebraska.gov, allows employers to recruit the talent and skills they're seeking, with nearly 34,000 job openings posted. More than 22,000 searchable resumes are accessible on the site as well as information on job fairs and career growth opportunities.
The Department of Labor also administers the unemployment insurance benefits and tax programs. The staff works diligently to ensure that benefits are paid to those who qualify.
The department systematically collects and analyzes labor market data which describes and predicts the relationship between labor demand and supply. This analysis provides information on growing industries and occupations, changing skill requirements, occupational wages, labor market demographics, graduate outcomes and industry layoffs and closings. Labor market information is provided to the public on a regular basis through the website, news releases and online publications such as INFOlink and Nebraska Workforce Trends.
Additionally, the department works with the public and businesses to ensure compliance with labor laws and workplace regulations. Wage complaints can also be filed through the Department website.
These are just some of the functions of the Nebraska Department of Labor. I invite you to learn more by logging on to dol.nebraska.gov.
- Dave Heineman
Governor of Nebraska