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Midland, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland fell 0.3 percentage points in July 2017 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Midland peaked in January 2010 at 6.6% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Midland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Texas 4.3% -0.3 -0.4
Midland 2.9% -0.3 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2017 data as August 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 2,332 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,505 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 41. Midland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Midland, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 2,546 -197 -1,309

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
August
2017
4.4% 4.2%
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 2.9% 2,546
June
2017
4.4% 4.6% 3.2% 2,743
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.5% 2,990
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.8% 3,300
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.1% 3,554
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 4.2% 3,647
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 4.2% 3,640
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.4% 3,810
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 4.4% 3,797
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 4.4% 3,844
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.5% 3,908

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.