Wayne Labor Force

A well-educated labor force provides significant benefits to Wayne employers. Our workers are among the most productive, are readily trainable and are known for their strong work orientation and technical proficiency. The high percentage of graduating Nebraska high school students directly enhances the quality of the labor force. Nebraska high school graduates also score well above the national average in college aptitude tests. Also, Wayne State College and Northeast Community College provide an excellent resource for continuing education and higher education.
 Approximately 90,437 people live within the Wayne labor market defined as Wayne County and the contiguous counties of Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Madison, Pierce, Stanton and Thurston. In 2000, 8.2% of Wayne's workers were members of labor unions, compared to the state figure of 10.3%. Union membership in Wayne only applies to employees at Wayne State College and Wayne Public School system. There have been no strikes in Wayne.

For more information on average wage and benefit information, please review our Industrial Fact Book (PDF).

Non-Farm Employment for Wayne County

Annual Average (1999)

  • Government - 33%
  • Manufacturing - 19%
  • Trade, Wholesale & Retail - 19%
  • Services - 14%
  • Mining & Construction - 7%
  • Finance, Insurance & Real Estate - 5%
  • Utilities, Transportation & Communication - 3%