Omaha, Neb, April 5, 2021 – The Greater Omaha Chamber today announced Monthly Economic Indicators (MEI) for January 2021, with commercial construction permits up 90 percent over January 2020. The significant spike, chamber analysts say, is due to a “large warehouse project in Sarpy County.”

In addition to commercial construction, single-family construction increased 36 percent, when compared to January 2020.

The construction industry is not the only vertical posting gains. The chamber also reported the combined trade, transportation and utilities industries were up 8.2 percent, while education and health services was up 4.5 percent.

Private hourly wages continue to show gains. In January 2020, average private hourly wages in Greater Omaha were $28.71, compared to $29.47 in January 2021.

Complementing the wage increases was a March 2021 Ownerly study ranking Omaha / Council Bluffs a top 25 U.S. city for remote work. The Ownerly research team launched the study to support workers considering relocation. Greater Omaha ranked No. 23 on a list of 304 metros across the U.S. – each examined for cost-of-living, safety and access to parks, amenities and broadband.

About the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership
The Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership ( represents a seven-county area from two states (Nebraska and Iowa) that includes Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Otoe, Pottawattamie, Sarpy and Washington Counties.

About Greater Omaha
Greater Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot, a “top 10 best place to live on a $60,000 salary” and was named America’s No. 2 Best Small City by Resonance Consultancy. Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people.

About the Greater Omaha Chamber
The mission of the Greater Omaha Chamber is to champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration.