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Midland, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Midland peaked in January 2010 at 6.6% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Midland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 4.7% +0.1 +0.1
Midland 3.8% +0.1 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 September 2009 at 4,878. There are now 1,219 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,419 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,240. Midland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Midland, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 3,659 +36 +1,240

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 3.8% 3,659
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 3.7% 3,623
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.5% 3,398
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 3.2% 3,091
August
2015
5.1% 4.1% 3.0% 2,938
July
2015
5.3% 4.2% 3.0% 2,904
June
2015
5.3% 4.2% 3.0% 2,926
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.2% 3,057
April
2015
5.4% 4.2% 3.1% 2,988
March
2015
5.5% 4.2% 2.9% 2,861
February
2015
5.5% 4.3% 2.7% 2,655

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.