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Odessa, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Odessa fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.4%. 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 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Odessa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Texas 3.4% 0.0 -0.3
Odessa 2.4% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 6,813. There are now 4,703 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,065 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 45. Odessa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Odessa, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Odessa 2,110 +41 -57

Number of Unemployed Persons

Odessa, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployment Rate
Odessa
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.4%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.4% 2,110
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.4% 2,069
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.4% 2,065
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 2.4% 2,105
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 2.5% 2,192
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 2.6% 2,271
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 2.6% 2,279
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 2.6% 2,236
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 2.5% 2,185
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.5% 2,181
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 2.5% 2,171

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.