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Labor Statistics

October 2018

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 80,893 Total Civilian Labor Force 247,312
Total Employment 78,849 Total Employment 241,376
Total Unemployment 2,044 Total Unemployment 5,936
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   2.5% Permian Basin Rate             2.4%
Radius of Labor Area – 60 miles


Labor Availability
The ability to attract the right skills is critical to the success of any project. Skilled workers are essential for high-end manufacturing and service-oriented projects.  As a result of the most recent Wage Study, labor availability in the Odessa market is currently rated “very good” (8 .52 overall).
Labor Quality
In addition to the importance of labor availability, finding quality workers is vital to any business. Expanding and locating companies generally seek communities with above average to good quality workers. Odessa labor quality is also rated “good.”