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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in January 2010 at 9.7% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Texas 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Odessa 2.7% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 4,475 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,144 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 243. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 2,387 -19 -189

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.8%
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 2.7% 2,387
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 2.8% 2,406
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 2.9% 2,309
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.7% 2,155
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 2.7% 2,144
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.7% 2,187
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 2.7% 2,173
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 2.7% 2,162
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 2.8% 2,264
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 2.8% 2,296
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.0% 2,409

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.