Omaha, Neb., May 6, 2020 – With U.S. unemployment nearing 15 percent, according to data aggregated by the Brookings Institution, the Greater Omaha Chamber has a message for the region: Omaha is open for business, and we’re hiring.

That’s good news for the newly unemployed; and, while, the Nebraska Department of Labor indicated new unemployment insurance claims were down from more than 12,000 claims mid-April, to 8,002 claims April 20, Greater Omaha continues to see workforce fluctuations as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

To meet the needs of job seekers, the Chamber teamed up with The Startup Collaborative to develop an interactive employment and community-resource tool for those surprised by job loss.

The no-cost, Resource Guide for Job Seekers, provides a positive first step for the newly unemployed, walking users through needs-based scenarios designed to connect individuals with community resources and opportunities.

“We are in an unprecedented time of profound change, and one of our greatest assets is our workforce.” said David G. Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber. “The resource guide lets people know they are supported by addressing the many challenges they may face – from personal needs and loss of income to career assistance.”

In addition to the Resource Guide for Job Seekers, the Greater Omaha Chamber also offers a COVID-19 Crisis Response Resource guide.

Resource Guide for Job Seekers:

COVID-19 Crisis Response Resource Guide:

About Greater Omaha
Greater Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot and Time magazine’s 2017 No. 3 Most Up-and-Coming City in America. Recognized for its “We Don’t Coast” attitude, and named America’s No. 2 Best Small City, Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people, with a youthful population (more than 40 percent are age 24 or younger), low cost of living and steady economic growth that outpaces the nation. Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. and Union Pacific – all Fortune 500 companies – call Greater Omaha “home.”

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. The chamber represents a seven-county, Nebraska / Iowa economic development partnership committed to creating jobs and growing regional capital investment.