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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in August 2009 at 9.3% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Texas 4.6% -0.3 -1.4
Odessa 3.0% -0.1 -0.9
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: 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 August 2009 at 6,651. There are now 3,990 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 2,661 -46 -671

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
January
2015
5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 4.6% 3.0% 2,661
November
2014
5.8% 4.9% 3.1% 2,707
October
2014
5.7% 5.1% 3.1% 2,731
September
2014
5.9% 5.2% 3.1% 2,712
August
2014
6.1% 5.3% 3.1% 2,690
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 3.1% 2,681
June
2014
6.1% 5.1% 3.1% 2,695
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 3.2% 2,801
April
2014
6.2% 5.2% 3.3% 2,896
March
2014
6.6% 5.5% 3.5% 3,066
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 3.7% 3,171

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.