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Labor Statistics

February 2019

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 87,103 Total Civilian Labor Force 265,990
Total Employment 84,737 Total Employment 259,192
Total Unemployment 2,366 Total Unemployment 6,798
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   2.7% Permian Basin Rate             2.6%
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.”