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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2017 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in December 2009 at 5.3% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Nebraska 2.7% 0.0 -0.6
Omaha 3.0% +0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2017 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 24,795. There are now 10,546 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,463 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 786. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 14,249 +517 -1,957

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
January
2018
4.1%
December
2017
4.1% 2.7% 3.0% 14,249
November
2017
4.1% 2.7% 2.8% 13,732
October
2017
4.1% 2.7% 2.8% 13,463
September
2017
4.2% 2.8% 2.9% 14,181
August
2017
4.4% 2.8% 3.0% 14,494
July
2017
4.3% 2.8% 3.0% 14,267
June
2017
4.3% 2.9% 3.0% 14,163
May
2017
4.3% 2.9% 3.0% 14,365
April
2017
4.4% 3.0% 3.0% 14,162
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 3.0% 14,160
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 3.1% 14,773

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.