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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa rose 2.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.5 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate for Odessa in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Texas 13.0% -0.5 +9.6
Odessa 16.5% +2.7 +14.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 13,983. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 13,983 +2,956 +11,878

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.6%
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 16.5% 13,983
April
2020
14.7% 13.5% 13.8% 11,027
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.6% 3,986
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.1% 2,760
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.0% 2,666
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.1% 2,704
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.0% 2,636
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 2.9% 2,551
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.8% 2,457
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.7% 2,354

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.