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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2014 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in August 2009 at 9.3% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Texas 5.1% -0.1 -1.3
Odessa 3.2% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 3,849 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 2,802 -94 -610

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 5.1%
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 3.2% 2,802
April
2014
6.3% 5.2% 3.3% 2,896
March
2014
6.7% 5.5% 3.5% 3,066
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 3.7% 3,171
January
2014
6.6% 5.7% 3.8% 3,218
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 3.9% 3,332
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 3.9% 3,339
October
2013
7.2% 6.2% 3.9% 3,351
September
2013
7.2% 6.3% 4.0% 3,365
August
2013
7.2% 6.4% 4.0% 3,381
July
2013
7.3% 6.4% 4.0% 3,393
June
2013
7.5% 6.4% 4.0% 3,401

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.