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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in December 2009 at 5.4% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Nebraska 3.1% 0.0 -0.4
Omaha 3.5% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 24,337. There are now 8,235 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 16,102 -549 -2,620

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 2.5%
March
2015
5.5% 2.6%
February
2015
5.5% 2.7%
January
2015
5.7% 2.9%
December
2014
5.6% 3.1% 3.5% 16,102
November
2014
5.8% 3.1% 3.6% 16,651
October
2014
5.7% 3.1% 3.8% 17,494
September
2014
5.9% 3.2% 3.9% 18,088
August
2014
6.1% 3.2% 3.9% 18,155
July
2014
6.2% 3.3% 3.9% 18,305
June
2014
6.1% 3.3% 4.0% 18,470
May
2014
6.3% 3.4% 4.0% 18,851

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.