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#Nebraska #craftbreweries have been growing rapidly in recent years, jumping from 18 #breweries to over 50 in the last decade. That’s a 178% increase. Learn more about this trend in the July 2019 issue of Nebraska Workforce Trends, #FastFactFriday NE_DOL photo

Cost of living in #Nebraska is lower than many other #states. The 2019 Cost of Living Index score for NE ranges from 89.4 in #Hastings to 91.8 in #Omaha. Manhattan, for example, has a score of 238.4. For more info, read June/July Trends, #FastFactFriday NE_DOL photo

If you've returned to work and are making less than your weekly unemployment benefit amount, continue to file weekly claims at You may be eligible to receive a reduced unemployment benefit. Check NEworks for notifications regarding eligibility. NE_DOL photo

If you’re looking for a #job in Office and Administrative Support or Computer and Mathematics, be sure to check out the Panhandle region and September’s Trends magazine for more information. #employment #jobs NE_DOL photo

NDOL is issuing Lost Wages Assistance payments for the weeks ending August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29 and September 5. No further weeks will be paid due to exhaustion of FEMA funds.

Nebraska Department of Education

It's not too late to register! The Mountain Plains Crunch Off is tomorrow, October 22! Celebrate #FarmToSchool Month with us by crunching into a local apple or other local produce and register at:
#MountainPlainsCrunch #F2SMonth
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The Nebraska Healthy Schools Conference is happening NOW! Join us in learning about the current pandemic and health challenges in our schools and strategies to create a new normal while supporting the needs of the whole child.
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Let us not threaten the progress that public health officials and school communities have made.

AVOID the 3 Cs:
1. Crowded Places: avoid gathering in groups.
2. Close Contacts: wear a mask, maintain 6-feet distance.
3. Confined Spaces: avoid enclosed spaces w/ poor ventilation.

Please join us for the FREE re-imagined virtual Nebraska Healthy Schools - Whole Child Conference on October 20th from 8:30-12:00 CST! View the conference schedule and register at: NDE_GOV photo

Congratulations to Paul Timm, Nebraska 2021 Teacher of the Year from @lyonsdecatur! Watch today's surprise award presentation here: NDE_GOV photo

Please join us for a LIVE surprise presentation today, October 7, 2020 at 10:00 am!
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Department of Economic Development

Applications for the Grow Nebraska grant program are now live for the following businesses:
Restaurants and Bars
Cosmetic, Massage, and Body Art Services
Event Centers and Sports Arenas
Hotels and Convention Centers
Ethanol Producers
Movie Theaters

Congrats to Plattsmouth for being recertified in Nebraska’s Economic Development Certified Community (EDCC) program. DevelopNebraska photo

. @GovRicketts announced new grant programs to continue growing Nebraska -a new round of grants to eligible businesses & ag producers, and also targeted grant programs to support businesses in industries particularly hard-hit due to the pandemic.

Please share: info for new CARES Act programs and grants. Application process opens Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.

WATCH LIVE: @GovRicketts makes an announcement about the CARES Act funding programs.

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Lindsey Hanlon, network prevention manager for the Division of Behavioral Health, and Sarah Hunter, project coordination for the Nebraska Meds Coalition, will speak at 12:15 pm Thursday about Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness about screenings, genetic counseling and testing. October is also Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Breastfed infants have a lower risk of SIDS because milk fights infection and support safer sleep.

Health care services such as doctor visits and prescriptions will be available to eligible lower income 19-64 year old Nebraskans at little or no cost. Apply for Medicaid Expansion online at by calling (855)632-7633 or at a DHHS office NEDHHS photo

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