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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in January 2010 at 9.7% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.7 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Texas 4.6% 0.0 0.0
Odessa 5.8% +0.2 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 October 2009 at 6,862. There are now 2,278 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 1,978. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 4,584 +193 +151

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.6% 5.8% 4,584
November
2016
4.6% 4.6% 5.6% 4,391
October
2016
4.8% 4.7% 6.1% 4,770
September
2016
4.9% 4.8% 6.6% 5,193
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 6.4% 5,064
July
2016
4.9% 4.6% 6.2% 4,899
June
2016
4.9% 4.5% 6.0% 4,764
May
2016
4.7% 4.4% 6.3% 5,009
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 6.6% 5,193
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 6.1% 4,850
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 5.5% 4,368

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.