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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2017 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 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 3.0% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Nebraska 2.9% -0.1 -0.3
Omaha 3.0% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 data as June 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 10,456 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,160 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 179. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 14,339 +177 -1,655

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 2.9%
May
2017
4.3% 2.9% 3.0% 14,339
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
January
2017
4.8% 3.3% 3.2% 15,287
December
2016
4.7% 3.3% 3.4% 16,206
November
2016
4.6% 3.3% 3.4% 16,277
October
2016
4.8% 3.3% 3.4% 16,535
September
2016
4.9% 3.3% 3.5% 16,648
August
2016
4.9% 3.2% 3.5% 16,505
July
2016
4.9% 3.2% 3.4% 16,342

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.