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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in August 2009 at 9.3% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Texas 5.7% 0.0 -0.8
Odessa 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 6,650. There are now 3,463 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 3,187 -22 -211

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 5.5%
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 3.7% 3,187
January
2014
6.6% 5.7% 3.7% 3,209
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 3.7% 3,318
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 3.7% 3,288
October
2013
7.2% 6.2% 3.8% 3,306
September
2013
7.2% 6.3% 3.8% 3,314
August
2013
7.2% 6.4% 3.8% 3,317
July
2013
7.3% 6.4% 3.9% 3,412
June
2013
7.5% 6.4% 4.0% 3,463
May
2013
7.5% 6.4% 4.0% 3,460
April
2013
7.5% 6.4% 3.9% 3,375
March
2013
7.5% 6.4% 3.9% 3,377

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.