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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in January 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Texas 4.3% +0.1 -0.8
Odessa 4.1% +0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2015 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 October 2009 at 6,862. There are now 3,326 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,542 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 994. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 3,536 +113 +693

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 4.2%
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 4.1% 3,536
April
2015
5.4% 4.2% 4.0% 3,423
March
2015
5.5% 4.2% 3.7% 3,213
February
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.4% 2,942
January
2015
5.7% 4.4% 3.2% 2,707
December
2014
5.6% 4.6% 3.0% 2,542
November
2014
5.8% 4.6% 3.0% 2,566
October
2014
5.7% 4.7% 3.1% 2,602
September
2014
5.9% 4.8% 3.2% 2,661
August
2014
6.1% 4.9% 3.3% 2,750
July
2014
6.2% 5.0% 3.4% 2,821

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.