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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 3.7% -0.1 -0.2
Odessa 2.7% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 4,713 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 2,149 -38 -495

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.7% 2,149
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 2.7% 2,187
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 2.7% 2,173
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 2.7% 2,162
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 2.8% 2,264
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.8% 2,296
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.0% 2,409
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.2% 2,571
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.2% 2,576
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.2% 2,586
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.3% 2,627

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.