Labor Statistics

February 2020

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 87,979 Total Civilian Labor Force 274,847
Total Employment 85,051 Total Employment 267,160
Total Unemployment 2,928 Total Unemployment 7,687
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   3.3% Permian Basin Rate             2.8%
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.”