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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.2%. 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 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Nebraska 2.9% 0.0 -0.2
Omaha 3.2% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 March 2010 at 24,502. There are now 9,339 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,484 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,679. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 15,163 -91 -976

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 2.9% 3.2% 15,163
November
2015
5.0% 2.9% 3.2% 15,254
October
2015
5.0% 2.9% 3.2% 15,468
September
2015
5.1% 2.9% 3.2% 15,201
August
2015
5.1% 2.8% 3.1% 14,908
July
2015
5.3% 2.7% 3.1% 14,558
June
2015
5.3% 2.6% 3.0% 14,260
May
2015
5.5% 2.6% 3.0% 14,156
April
2015
5.4% 2.5% 2.9% 13,801
March
2015
5.5% 2.6% 2.8% 13,484
February
2015
5.5% 2.7% 2.8% 13,672

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.