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Midland, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland rose 0.3 percentage points in April 2016 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Midland peaked in January 2010 at 6.6% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.0 percentage points. You can also compare Midland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 4.4% +0.1 0.0
Midland 4.6% +0.3 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Midland, Texas, National

Midland, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Midland, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Midland peaked in September 2009 at 4,878. There are now 759 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,488 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,631. Midland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Midland, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 4,119 +266 +1,061

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 4.4%
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 4.6% 4,119
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 4.3% 3,853
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 3.9% 3,529
January
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.9% 3,490
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.0% 3,649
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.0% 3,570
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 3.9% 3,441
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 3.7% 3,277
August
2015
5.1% 4.4% 3.5% 3,155
July
2015
5.3% 4.4% 3.5% 3,116
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 3.5% 3,135

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.