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Doane University Facing Significant Program Cuts

Oct 8, 2020
The College Post

A Nebraska college could cut dozens of programs.  Doane University in Crete has recommended several programs for elimination including International Studies, Physics, Philosophy, Political Science and Criminal Justice.  School officials say the proposed cuts are part of a process that began in January.  Officials have not revealed how many jobs would be impacted by eliminating the programs.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Thursday released the 2017 Economic Impact of the Nebraska Agricultural Production Complex report. The report uses 2017 data because that was the year of the most recent Census of Agriculture. The report found that agriculture accounts for nearly 34% of business sales, 22% of the gross state product and nearly a quarter of the state’s jobs. Those figures were reported even though 2017 was the lowest-income year for Nebraska farmers and ranchers of the decade.

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Jun 25, 2020

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Creighton University has furloughed 190 employees and made several other spending cuts because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Creighton officials said Wednesday they expect to have to cut at least $35 million from the university’s budget to offset declining revenue from tuition and fees. The university said it will suspend its contributions to employee retirement plans on July 1, and top executives will take a pay cut. Creighton said it also won’t pay merit raises this year and will cut discretionary spending.

NU President Warns Of Impending Layoffs

May 15, 2020

Layoffs are coming to the University of Nebraska.  NU President Ted Carter says 20 positions will be eliminated as the university tries to address a 50-million-dollar budget shortfall.  Seventeen employees, mostly in the Information Technology department, will lose their jobs and three vacant positions will not be filled.

Supermarket chain Hy-Vee is closing four centers that fulfill online orders in Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, putting several hundred people out of work. Christina Gayman, a company spokeswoman, said in a statement that fulfillment centers couldn't provide the “full assortment of products, personalized shoppers and same-day pickup" that customers wanted.

Hormel Foods has confirmed that it will be opening a new manufacturing plant in the Omaha suburb of Papillion, bringing about 200 jobs to the area. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Papillion Foods LLC, an offshoot of Hormel, recently bought a former Shopko distribution center in Sarpy County that closed last year. Hormel says the center will undergo a $60 million renovation to convert it into a manufacturing plant for its food brands, which include Spam, Skippy peanut butter and Jennie-O turkeys. Hormel says it paid about $25 million for the building and the land it's on.

This is your chance to play a part in history!  Temporary census positions offer the perfect opportunity to earn extra income, while at the same time, helping the community. 

Did you know: The results of the 2020 Census help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent locally for schools, hospitals, roads, and more.  So it's important that everyone is counted!  The Census is conducted every 10 years to ensure equal representation in elected government at the federal, state, and local levels.

The Census establishes Nebraska’s proportion of all federal funds for the next 10 years.  In fiscal year 2016, $3.995 billion in federal funds were obligated in Nebraska based upon resident counts from the 2010 Census and subsequent annual population estimates.  This equates to $2,096 in federal funds distributed annually for each Nebraska resident.  When residents are not counted the state loses federal dollars that should be sent to local areas.

Legal Research Contractor for the Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO, Micky Devitt, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of census participation and the recruitment drive to hire people to conduct the census.

If you are interested in applying for a position with the census or want more information about what they do with your information, go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html

https://blueprint-nebraska.org/

Nebraska business and education leaders have unveiled a new plan designed to create 25,000 jobs while adding $15,000 to the annual income of every resident by 2030.

The plan unveiled Tuesday by the group Blueprint Nebraska also seeks to bring 43,000 new young adults into the state and attract $200 million in annual research and development initiatives. The group also hopes to make Nebraska a top-ranked state for its quality of life.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska's unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 3%.

The Nebraska Labor Department said in a news release Friday that the preliminary June rate matched the May rate and was two-tenths of a point higher than the June 2018 rate of 2.8%.

The new Nebraska rate is well below June's national preliminary rate of 3.7% — up a tenth of a point from 3.6% in May.

State Labor Commissioner John Albin says several industries, including mining and construction and financial activities, reached record high employment levels last month.

The OPS Interview Fair is Wednesday, July 10th at Monroe Middle School (5105 Bedford Ave., South entrance)  There will be application help from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and interviews with qualified candidates will start at 1:00 p.m.

Director of OPS Transportation, Trevis Sallis stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how this district can move tens of thousands of children safely to and from school.  

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring's widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy.

Tasked with responding to natural disasters that seem ever more frequent and destructive, the agency finds itself further challenged by the robust job market and an inability to match what the private sector can offer, in many cases.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Career counselors and recruiters say 2019 college graduates will be hitting a hot job market if they're ready to begin their careers.

Bill Watts is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's director of advising and career services, and he says this year's graduates have the best chances to land good jobs that he's seen in 20 years, calling the market "pretty phenomenal."

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported last month that hiring of college graduates will go up 10.7% this year from last year.

The Nebraska Department of Labor projects there will be 1 million computer-related job openings in the United States by 2024.

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — Company officials say 250 hourly and salaried positions will be eliminated at the Eaton Vehicle Group plant in the southwestern Iowa city of Shenandoah.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods has told employees it will eliminate about 40 information-technology jobs as the packaged food company looks to slash its payroll in Omaha and elsewhere.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced an initiative to increase skilled labor in Iowa, but it's unclear how much the plan would cost or how it would be funded.

More than 1,000 ConAgra employees in Omaha will lose their jobs

Oct 1, 2015

Omaha’s Mayor says she was given no indication at a meeting Wednesday with ConAgra’s CEO that the company planned to move its headquarters.

Support for workforce programs in 2016 Omaha budget proposal

Jul 23, 2015

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s 2016 budget proposal includes more than one million dollars for job training and workforce development programs.

Ashford, Hoyer call for reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

Jul 1, 2015

Nebraska Congressman Brad Ashford says reauthorization of the Export-Import bank is critical to jobs and trade.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to hit 2.5 percent in April, remaining the lowest rate in the nation.

Growing disconnect between where people live, where jobs are

Apr 9, 2015

A new report says fewer jobs are available to some Omahans depending on where they live in the metro area.

Attracting a young and skilled workforce and being a welcoming community are among the goals identified in the Heartland 2050 Vision.

Negotiations between the city and northeast Omaha landowners for a 68-acre site are on hold.

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill that provides increased state funding and coordination for an apprenticeship program to train workers in skilled jobs including those in construction and information technology.

Group seeks to put minimum wage increase on November ballot

May 16, 2014

A petition drive begins Monday to place a minimum wage increase on the November ballot in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Supporters of a higher minimum wage in Nebraska are planning to gather signatures for a November ballot measure that would raise it to $9 an hour by 2016.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Dave Heineman is hoping to lure military veterans to Nebraska with a campaign touting good jobs for vets.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Fresh Meats will be adding around 140 jobs at a Council Bluffs plant, now that Tyson has won more than $950,000 in Iowa tax credits.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Proposals to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska are drawing support from advocates who say they would help the working poor, and opposition from business groups that say it would do just the opposite.

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