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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.0%. 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 1.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Nebraska 3.6% +0.1 -0.3
Omaha 4.0% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 24,366. There are now 5,717 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,425 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 224. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 18,649 +224 -1,361

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 3.7%
February
2014
6.7% 3.6% 4.0% 18,649
January
2014
6.6% 3.5% 4.0% 18,425
December
2013
6.7% 3.6% 4.0% 18,660
November
2013
7.0% 3.7% 4.1% 19,098
October
2013
7.2% 3.8% 4.2% 19,791
September
2013
7.2% 3.9% 4.3% 20,364
August
2013
7.2% 4.0% 4.3% 20,533
July
2013
7.3% 4.0% 4.3% 20,538
June
2013
7.5% 4.0% 4.3% 20,151
May
2013
7.5% 4.0% 4.2% 19,730
April
2013
7.5% 4.0% 4.2% 19,497
March
2013
7.5% 3.9% 4.2% 19,601

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.