LINCOLN -- Nebraska should add 123,110 new jobs by 2018 -- growth of more than 10 percent, a University of Nebraska official reported to the Board of Regents Friday.
"The news is good," said Susan Fritz, who manages work force development efforts in the NU Provost's Office.
Most of the growth will occur in Omaha and Lincoln, she said, though other regions of the state also should see increases ranging from 4.1 percent in the Panhandle to 6.1 percent in the northeast.
In the short term, most growth is occurring in transportation and utilities sectors. Long-term projections predict growth in health care, including nursing; and computer and mathematics.
By 2018, two-thirds of jobs in Nebraska will require at least some training beyond high school. About one-third of jobs will require at least a bachelor's degree.
Fritz's report was based on data from UNL's Bureau of Business Research, the Nebraska Department of Labor and the Battelle research organization, among several other sources.