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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in May 2020 at 16.1% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Texas 4.3% -0.1 -1.9
Odessa 5.8% -0.2 -3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 May 2020 at 13,317. There are now 8,639 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 4,678 -240 -2,957

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 5.8% 4,678
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 6.0% 4,918
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 6.4% 5,175
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 6.5% 5,287
December
2021
3.9% 4.8% 6.8% 5,455
November
2021
4.2% 4.9% 6.7% 5,408
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 6.7% 5,409
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 7.0% 5,623
August
2021
5.2% 5.4% 7.4% 5,948
July
2021
5.4% 5.6% 7.9% 6,348
June
2021
5.9% 5.9% 8.4% 6,772

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.