Omaha is Nebraska’s main commercial hub. Called the "Gateway to the West", Omaha holds one of the strongest powers in Nebraskan and Midwestern United States economy, being the center of agriculture, food processing, insurance, transportation, healthcare and education. The city is the home to five Fortune 500 companies, namely ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Corporation, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Inc, Berkshire Hathaway and Mutual of Omaha Companies. No other city in America can boast this recognition. Aside from this, Omaha is also called the "Motor Mouth City" for being one of the havens of telecommunications and information technology in the country.
Regarding the state’s top job vacancies, health care jobs in Omaha ranks number one, the positions ranging from entry level nurses to senior physicians. Second and third in in the list of openings are sales and marketing jobs, and retail jobs. Clerical and administrative jobs is fourth in list, the employers of which are related to telecommunication companies. In March 2008 the government confirmed that the unemployment rate in Omaha was 3.9 percent. A Census information from the city of Omaha shows that despite of the city’s status of affluence, there are still more than 8,000 families living below the poverty line.