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Midland, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Midland peaked in January 2010 at 6.6% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.6 percentage points. You can also compare Midland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Texas 4.8% 0.0 +0.3
Midland 4.2% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 1,211 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 1,179. Midland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Midland, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 3,667 -60 +177

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 4.2% 3,667
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.1% 3,727
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 3.9% 3,511
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 4.2% 3,750
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.5% 4,034
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.4% 3,950
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.2% 3,783
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.1% 3,719
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 4.4% 3,965
April
2016
5.0% 4.6% 4.6% 4,123
March
2016
5.0% 4.6% 4.3% 3,853

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.