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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2016 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 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 3.1% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Nebraska 3.0% 0.0 +0.2
Omaha 3.2% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 9,380 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,710 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 705. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 15,415 +165 +538

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 3.0%
March
2016
5.0% 3.0% 3.2% 15,415
February
2016
4.9% 3.0% 3.2% 15,250
January
2016
4.9% 3.0% 3.1% 15,113
December
2015
5.0% 3.0% 3.2% 15,253
November
2015
5.0% 3.0% 3.2% 15,477
October
2015
5.0% 3.0% 3.3% 15,686
September
2015
5.1% 3.0% 3.3% 15,751
August
2015
5.1% 3.0% 3.3% 15,693
July
2015
5.3% 3.0% 3.3% 15,654
June
2015
5.3% 3.0% 3.3% 15,673
May
2015
5.5% 2.9% 3.3% 15,630

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.