Globs of jobs as Midland labor force expandsGlobs of jobs as Midland labor force expandshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=196142018-03-28T05:00:00Z2018-03-28T21:55:00Z

​​MIDLAND – The area’s labor market continued to exhibit a strength in February 2018 that prompted Tim Dove, president and chief executive officer of Pioneer Natural Resources to quip that “Midland must be in negative unemployment by now.”

The Texas Workforce Commission reported that the Midland metropolitan statistical area had an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent.

That rate is up marginally from 2.4 percent in January 2018, but well below the 3.8 percent posted in February 2017. 

Midland recorded the lowest unemployment in the state and is tied for the fifth lowest in the nation.

Odessa saw its unemployment inch down to 3.2 percent from 3.3 percent in January.

Statewide, the unemployment rate held steady at 4 percent. 

Texas had reported employment growth for 20 consecutive months, the Workforce Commission said.
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