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Midland, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Midland peaked in May 2020 at 12.8% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.9% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Midland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Texas 6.9% +0.1 +3.2
Midland 8.2% 0.0 +6.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Midland, Texas, National

Midland, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Midland, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Midland peaked in May 2020 at 12,868. There are now 4,912 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,940 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16. Midland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Midland, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 7,956 +16 +5,466

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 8.2% 7,956
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 8.2% 7,940
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 8.3% 8,661
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 9.4% 9,945
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 8.1% 8,446
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 9.5% 9,959
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 7.9% 8,426
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 9.3% 9,448
June
2020
11.1% 10.2% 9.3% 9,466
May
2020
13.3% 11.6% 12.8% 12,868
April
2020
14.8% 12.9% 10.3% 10,094

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.