News Release: Ernie Goss & Scott Strain Join Webinar on Economic Impact of COVID-19

News Release: Ernie Goss & Scott Strain Join Webinar on Economic Impact of COVID-19

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute

Contact: Adam Weinberg

(402) 500-0209

Webinar: COVID-19’s Economic Impact on Nebraska
Economists Ernie Goss & Scott Strain Review Latest Figures

OMAHA, NE — The Platte Institute will host a webinar with Economists Ernie Goss, Ph.D. and Scott Strain, M.S. on the economic impact of COVID-19 on Nebraska. An event flyer is attached.

The webinar will be held on Zoom on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11 a.m. Central Time. Registration is required at

The program may be recorded for broadcast and will be available for download. Q&A will be available through the Zoom chat window.

Creighton University’s Ernie Goss and Goss & Associates senior economist and University of Nebraska-Omaha adjunct professor Scott Strain are the co-authors of a new series of Platte Institute reports which will model jobs, economic activity, and tax receipts lost in Nebraska as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Directed Health Measure impacting workers and businesses.

The first release in the series, "The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nebraska's Economy," is now available at Updated economic figures for Nebraska will be released in the coming days and future releases of the report will follow.

Here are highlights of their report:

  • Economic modeling estimates an impact of $63 million in lost economic activity in Nebraska for the month of March, including lost wages and self-employment income.
  • Nebraska state and local sales tax receipts are estimated to have declined by $924,469 in the month of March. State personal and corporate income tax receipts are estimated to have declined $794,501 over the same period. An updated estimate of lost receipts will be available when new data is released.
  • Under the current Directed Health Measure, Nebraska’s estimated increase in unemployment as a percent of non-farm employment during March 2020 was 0.98%. The average increase among shelter-in-place states is 2.82%, while the average of states that do not have a statewide shelter-in-place order, including Nebraska, is 1.85%. 

To schedule an interview on this subject, please contact Adam Weinberg at (402) 500-0209 or  

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