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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Midland MSA Leads Texas in employment growth again

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MIDLAND MSA LEADS TEXAS IN EMPLOYMENT GROWTH AGAIN 

January 4, 2024

The Midland metropolitan statistical area (MSA) again led the state employment growth during the month of November, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report this week.
The BLS reported an over-the-year percentage gain in employment of 4.7% in November, which was the sixth-largest in the nation, according to BLS statistics. Midland easily led the West Texas region, where the next largest gain reported was in Lubbock (2.9%). The state average was 3.0%.
The BLS showed the number of employees in the Midland MSA increased from 117,400 in November 2022 to 122,400 in November. The number of employees was 121,400 in October.
Midland also posted the lowest unemployment rate in the state (2.2%). The state average was 3.5%. The BLS reported that the lowest jobless rate in the nation in November belonged to Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota (1.3%). The national unemployment rate in November was 3.5%.
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Percentage employment growth in November
(year over year)
West Texas
Midland 4.7%
Abilene 1.4%
Odessa 2.3%
Amarillo 0.7%
Lubbock 2.9%
San Angelo 1.3%
Also
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 2.3%
State average 3.0
Number of employees
(on nonfarm payrolls)
West Texas
Lubbock 162,400
Amarillo 129,300
Midland 122,900
Odessa 82,800
Abilene 77,500
San Angelo 53,000


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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