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Labor Statistics

January 2018

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 79,706 Total Civilian Labor Force 239,346
Total Employment 77,087 Total Employment 232,253
Total Unemployment 2,619 Total Unemployment 7,093
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   3.3% Permian Basin Rate             3.0%
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.”