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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Odessa peaked in May 2020 at 16.1% and is now 11.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Texas 4.0% -0.1 -1.1
Odessa 4.7% -0.2 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 9,530 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 3,787 -153 -1,836

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.7% 3,787
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 4.9% 3,940
July
2022
3.5% 4.0% 5.0% 4,095
June
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.3% 4,273
May
2022
3.6% 4.2% 5.5% 4,460
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 5.8% 4,677
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

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.