Labor Statistics

January 2023

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 85,595 Total Civilian Labor Force 269,452
Total Employment 82,461 Total Employment 260,621
Total Unemployment 3,134 Total Unemployment 8,831
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   3.7% Permian Basin Rate             3.3%
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.”