Texas cities lead job growth

Texas cities continue to create jobs.  Five Texas cities ranked among the top 6 cities in the nation for highest rates of job growth between 2004 and 2011, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Austin took the top spot followed by Houston, and San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas.

The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metro Division was second in the nation for year-over-year employment growth in both absolute terms and percentage.  From February 2011 to February 2012 it added 53,400 jobs for a 2.6% increase. 

To account for the growth Texas Governor Rick Perry said, "Texas continues to be a national example for job creation thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory environment, fair legal system and skilled workforce.”  

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Metropolitan Employment and Unemployment Summary monthly based on data from the Current Employment Statistics Program, which surveys businesses and government agencies with workers on nonfarm payrolls. (3/23/12)

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