Senator Joni Albrecht’s Weekly Update For District 17

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s economy has done extremely well lately. The state’s unemployment rate went as low as 4%, according to a September 22 report from the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce. CBS reports that Nebraska’s economy is operating at 88% from where it was in early March.

The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) released its unemployment statistics for the week of September 27 through October 3, 2020. The report stated that $1.1 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid out since March 29, 2020 in Nebraska. $298 million of which has come from regular unemployment benefits.

The final report of the Nebraska Rural Poll was released. It shows a strong connection between Nebraska people and agriculture. The full report can be seen at

Manufacturing also plays a large role in Nebraska’s economy. The Governor declared October as Manufacturing Month in the state. The sector employs around 100,000 Nebraskans.

Senator Albrecht updated the COVID-19 cases in the three District 17 counties. There were 79 new positives in Dakota County. Wayne County reported 18 new cases. There were just nine new COVID-19 cases in Thurston County. These numbers were for the period of October 3 to October 9.

Hospitalizations have increased in Nebraska. Hospitals in Nebraska are equipped to handle even more COVID cases, according to the Associated Press.

Albrecht encouraged her constituents to share their thoughts with her by email at, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.