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Labor Statistics

July 2017

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 74,168 Total Civilian Labor Force 219,885
Total Employment 71,046 Total Employment 211,534
Total Unemployment   3,122 Total Unemployment     8,351
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   4.2% Permian Basin Rate             3.8%
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.