Midland was the lone metropolitan statistical area in the nation to post a jobless rate less than 3 percent during the month of January, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In December, Midland was tied with Bismarck, ND, and Logan, UT, for the lowest rate at 2.9 percent. The December report marked Midland’s return to the top spot for the first time since April of 2013. During a five-month stretch from December 2012 through April 2013, no community in America posted a lower jobless rate than Midland. It appears Midland is going through a similar stretch.
Midland’s 2.9 percent jobless rate was easily better than Logan (3.3) and Bismarck (3.4). Odessa (3.6) continues to work its way up the list as it is tied for fifth. Odessa was 12th in December.