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Labor Statistics

January 2019

Ector County Permian Basin
Total Civilian Labor Force 87,291 Total Civilian Labor Force 266,208
Total Employment 84,839 Total Employment 259,157
Total Unemployment 2,452 Total Unemployment 7,051
Unemployment Rate – Ector County   2.8% 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.”