Chamber of Commerce forecasts job growth in 2009

Omaha, NE – The Omaha metro area economy should be able to withstand national troubles in 2009, according to a new report.

The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is out with its 2009 Economic Outlook report. The report is based on surveys of economic and business leaders as well as Chamber members. It shows that 56 percent of Chamber members expect stronger growth in 2009. 35 percent of members expect to add jobs in the coming year.

Chamber CEO David Brown says Omaha could be affected if significant troubles hit the global economy. But Brown says Omaha's business diversity means the city is in better economic shape than most parts of the country.

According to the report, the Omaha metro area's 2008 population is 842,949. The Census Bureau expects the metro area will grow more than five percent by 2013.