Labor Statistics

March 2021

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 79,257 Total Civilian Labor Force 243,950
Total Employment 70,559 Total Employment 222,537
Total Unemployment 8,698 Total Unemployment 21,413
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   11.0% Permian Basin Rate             8.8%
Radius of Labor Area – 60 miles

2018 Labor Statistics
Jan. 2019 compared to Jan. 2018
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.”