As of November Nebraska had the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded by a state. So why are so many businesses cutting back hours and having trouble finding employees? In our December issue we decided to take a closer look at the elements pushing people out of the labor market and what we can do to solve what one economist calls “the single most important issue” facing our state.

Nebraska’s Tight Labor Market

A striking worker outside Omaha’s Kellogg’s plant on Nov. 10. Photo by Chris Bowling.

Increasing Access and Keeping the Workers We Have

Fighting for a Living Wage

Nebraska Appleseed’s Campaigns Organizer Vic Klafter encourages community members to sign Raise the Wage Nebraska’s petition in the Old Market. To get a minimum-wage raise on the ballot, the petition aims to collect 130,000 signatures. Photo courtesy of Raise the Wage Nebraska.

Unions, Workers Rights and a Path Forward

A sign outside the Kellogg’s plant in Omaha as workers gathered around the picket line. Photo taken on Nov. 9, 2021 by Chris Bowling.

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