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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa rose 0.6 percentage points in March 2016 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in January 2010 at 9.7% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 3.0 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Texas 4.3% 0.0 -0.1
Odessa 6.1% +0.6 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Odessa, Texas, National

Odessa, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Odessa, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Odessa peaked in October 2009 at 6,862. There are now 2,005 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,606 in November 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,251. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 4,857 +489 +1,561

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 6.1% 4,857
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 5.5% 4,368
January
2016
4.9% 4.5% 5.4% 4,224
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.6% 4,433
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.5% 4,335
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 5.4% 4,186
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 5.1% 3,965
August
2015
5.1% 4.4% 4.8% 3,759
July
2015
5.3% 4.4% 4.6% 3,653
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 4.6% 3,625
May
2015
5.5% 4.4% 4.5% 3,605
April
2015
5.4% 4.4% 4.3% 3,495

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.