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1501 Plum Creek Parkway, Suite 2B
Lexington, NE 68850
(308) 217-0004
jen@dawsonareadevelopment.com

A Workforce Dedicated to Keeping Your Business Goals Within Reach

As the population of Dawson County continues to grow, businesses have an opportunity to relocate or expand their product or service offerings. Our skilled workforce is committed to doing what it takes to take care of business in Dawson County. Get familiar with the local economy and current job opportunities.

2014 Workforce Snapshot
2014 Snapshot Dawson County 30 miles 50 miles
Population 24,713 44,637 112,648
Households 9,112 17,255 45,256
Families 6,437 12,120 29,725
Average Household Size 2.7 2.5 2.4
Average Family Size 3.1 2.9 2.9
Per Capita Income $21,760 $25,137 $25,316
2014 Labor Force
2014 Labor Force (age 16+) Dawson County 30 miles 50 miles
Labor Force 12,856 23,425 59,231
Unemployed 578 810 2,024
In Armed Forces 0 4 19
Not In Labor Force 5,378 10,191 25,845
2019 Projected Labor Force Status
2019 Projected Labor Force Status (age 16+) Dawson County 30 miles 50 miles
Labor Force 13,306 24,367 61,070
Unemployed 599 840 2,088
In Armed Forces 0 5 20
Not In Labor Force 5,577 10,599 26,652

Source: Data provided by Spatial Insights, U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey

Labor Profile

Our labor force within a 50-mile radius currently totals more than 59,000, Our expanding industry, specifically in health care, manufacturing and agriculture, is expected to grow throughout the next several years.

Unemployment

Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data in Lexington, Neb., Micropolitan Statistical Area

Time Period Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate (%)
December 2011 13,720 13,010 710 5.2
December 2010 13,443 12,751 692 5.1
5 Yr Avg. (2007-2011) 13,545 12,958 587 4.3
10 Yr Avg. (2002-2011) 13,548 12,988 560 4.1
Potential Candidates

We’re always looking to add to our growing workforce. In fact, the number of potential candidates in the workforce system actively looking for work in the Dawson County area in January of 2015 was 15,689. Come grow your business in Dawson County.

The table demonstrates the occupations with the highest ratio of potential candidates in the workforce system who were looking for work compared to the job openings advertised online in Lexington in November 2014.

Rank Occupation Potential Candidates Per Job Opening
1 Customer Service Representatives 35.00
2 Office Clerks, General 32.00
3 Helpers-Production Workers 22.00
4 Welders, Cutters and Welder Fitters 14.00
5 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical and Executive 14.00
6 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 14.00
7 Administrative Services Managers 13.00
8 Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch, Animals 11.00
9 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10.00
10 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 7.75

This showcases the education levels of potential candidates in Lexington, Neb., Micropolitan Statistical Area, Nebraska, 2014. 

Rank Minimum Education Level Potential Candidates Percentage
1 Less than High School 8,090 40.72%
2 High School Diploma or Equivalent 4,038 20.33%
3 1 to 3 Years at College or a Technical or Vocational School 5,107 25.71%
4 Vocational School Certificate 390 1.96%
5 Associate Degree 761 3.83%
6 Bachelor's Degree 1,154 5.81%
7 Master's Degree 264 1.33%
8 Doctorate Degree 31 .16%
9 Specialized Degree (e.g., MD, DDS) 32 .16%

Candidate Source: Individuals with active resumes in the workforce system. 

Wage Statistics

The table below shows estimated average wage information for the Lexington, Neb., Micropolitan Statistical Area, Nebraska, for the 1st quarter, 2014.

Area Name Total Average Employment *Average Hourly Wage Average Weekly Wage *Average Annual Wage
Lexington, Neb., Micropolitan Statistical Area, Nebraska 11,435 $14.23 $569 $29,588
Nebraska 897,490 $19.13 $765 $39,780

*Assumes a 40-hour week worked year-round.
Source: Labor Market Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program

The table below shows the desired wages of potential candidates in the Lexington, Neb., Micropolitan Statistical Area, Nebraska.

Rank Desired Salary Potential Candidates Percent
1 Not Specified 2,945 -
2 5k - 15k or more 3,779 16.6%
3 20k - 30k or more 12,168 53.44%
4 35k - 45k or more 2,635 11.57%
5 50k - 60k or more 767 3.37%
6 65k - 75k or more 240 1.05%
7 80k - 90k or more 107 .47%
8 95k - 100k or more 129 .57%

Candidate Source: Individuals with active resumes in the workforce system

The table below shows the distribution of potential candidates in the workforce system who were looking for work in Lexington, Neb., Micropolitan Statistical Area, Nebraska, in 2014, by occupation group.
Rank Occupation Group Potential Candidates
1 Production Occupations 229
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 173
3 Sales and Related Occupations 89
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 81
5 Management Occupations 56
6 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 54
7 Construction and Extraction Occupations 51
8 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 48
9 Health Care Support Occupations 40
10 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 38

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ABLE Program

The Advocating Business Labor and Education (ABLE) program is a collaborative effort between Dawson County area businesses and school districts to minimize the number of young people who choose to leave the county following high school. The program exposes young people to area businesses and quality of life so that they have a better understanding of the career and lifestyle opportunities that exist in and around their hometown.

Four school districts are involved in the ABLE program and support the hands-on student experiences and apprenticeships that the program provides. Activities include the student-business and industry tours, Dawson County Career Fair, in-school speakers, job shadows, job assistance and more.

Learn more about the Dawson County ABLE Program.

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