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Midland, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 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 October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Texas 4.7% -0.1 +0.2
Midland 4.2% -0.3 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 1,124 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 1,266. Midland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Midland, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 3,754 -280 +313

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.2% 3,754
September
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.5% 4,034
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.4% 3,950
July
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.2% 3,783
June
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.1% 3,719
May
2016
4.7% 4.4% 4.4% 3,965
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 4.6% 4,123
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

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.