Omaha's unemployment rate holds at 5.3% in February

Omaha, NE – New economic indicators show the metro area added more than 17,000 jobs from 2000 to 2009.

The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce publishes the monthly economic indicators. The March report reflects February's activity. Omaha's unemployment rate in February held at 5.3%.

Researcher Scott Strain says education and health care continue to be among Omaha's strongest employers. He says more than a billion dollars in capital investments made by the area's health care systems since 2004 has also led to job growth.

The report shows housing sales were down five-point nine percent in February. Net taxable sales also declined at the end of 2009. Strain says consumers are being cautious and selective when making purchases.