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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.3 percentage points in September 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in January 2010 at 9.7% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Texas 4.0% -0.2 -0.7
Odessa 3.7% -0.3 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 4,071 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,618 in November 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 173. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 2,791 -147 -2,229

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 3.9%
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 3.7% 2,791
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.0% 2,938
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.9% 2,852
June
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.2% 3,128
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.8% 3,573
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.3% 3,963
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 5.7% 4,301
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.8% 4,418
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 5.9% 4,387
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 6.2% 4,659
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 6.3% 4,710

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.