Greater Houston Leads Nation in Year over Year Job Gains

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the metro area employment and unemployment numbers for January. 

Greater Houston led the nation in over-the-year percentage gains in job growth. The region’s employment rose 3.7% percent from January 2011. The Austin metro area came in second, while Atlanta took third place.

In terms of actual jobs, Houston added 94,700 new positions from a year earlier. That put the region in second place, behind New York City, but ahead of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Unemployment rates were lower in January than a year earlier in more than 90% of the nation’s metro areas. Houston’s unemployment rate for January was 7.6%, compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.8%.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined News 88.7 in January 2011. Since arriving in Houston, he has reported on the many changes wrought on the region’s economy by the revolution in domestic oil and gas production. His non-energy reporting runs the gamut from white-collar crime to cattle ranching. His work has aired on...

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