Workforce in Omaha & Council Bluffs
While our community has a strong economy, job opportunities and equitable pay are not accessible to everyone - especially for women and people of color.
The Omaha-Council Bluffs area has historically had a consistently low unemployment rate. Our region follows national trends that as an individual’s education increases, their median earnings go up and their unemployment goes down. However, as we dig deeper, it is evident that this trend does not hold true for women and people of color. We also know that for many people who are working, often full-time, they do not earn enough to live above the poverty line or can only find part-time work. We also see many people in our community working multiple jobs in order to get by.
It's essential that our community look at the opportunities for meaningful employment that ensure all people can provide for themselves and their families. Employment that provides livable wages helps a family have safe housing, transportation, access to health care, and a good quality of life. It also creates a stronger economy, leading to economic development and growth within our entire community.