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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Midland, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Midland peaked in August 2009 at 6.2% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Midland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Texas 4.6% 0.0 -1.0
Midland 2.4% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 August 2009 at 4,645. There are now 2,205 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Midland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Midland, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 2,440 -81 -643

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 4.3%
January
2015
5.7% 4.4%
December
2014
5.6% 4.6% 2.4% 2,440
November
2014
5.8% 4.6% 2.5% 2,521
October
2014
5.7% 4.7% 2.6% 2,574
September
2014
5.9% 4.8% 2.6% 2,541
August
2014
6.1% 4.9% 2.5% 2,507
July
2014
6.2% 5.0% 2.5% 2,471
June
2014
6.1% 5.0% 2.5% 2,458
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 2.6% 2,561
April
2014
6.2% 5.2% 2.7% 2,627

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.