Overall unemployment rate moved up to 2.4% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 1,300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in December 2022.

Total employment in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA market rose by 2,235 jobs in October and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 20 bps to 2.4%. The national unemployment rate increased by 8 bps over the same time to 3.4%.

  • Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA unemployment rate is 100 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is equal to the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in October versus prior month by 4.1% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Unemployment October 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.6% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 95,000; +800
  • Education & Healthcare: 81,100; +1,100
  • Business Services: 72,200; -700
  • Government: 68,300; +1,300
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 52,700; +300
  • Financial Services: 40,000; -600
  • Manufacturing: 34,200; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 33,700; +600
  • Other Jobs: 19,000; no change
  • IT & Development: 11,300; no change
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Unemployment by Industry October 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through October 2022 (Data published December 2022 and reports created on December 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.