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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in January 2010 at 9.7% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.7 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Texas 4.8% -0.2 +0.1
Odessa 4.8% -0.5 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 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 3,281 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 963. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 3,581 -382 -1,442

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.8% 3,581
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
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 6.5% 4,859
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 6.6% 5,020
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 6.7% 5,031
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 6.6% 4,970

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.