Greater Houston added just over 81,000 jobs between April 2011 and last month. That put the region second in the nation for year-over-year metro job creation, behind New York and ahead of Dallas-Fort Worth.
The Houston area also came in second in terms of percentage increases in employment. Houston employment rose about 3% from April of last year, a tad slower than California’s Silicon Valley.
Houston’s unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in April, down from 7% in March and nearly 8% a year earlier.
The national unemployment rate in April was just under 8%, down from nearly 9% in April of last year. Unemployment rates were lower in April than a year earlier in 90% of the nation’s metro areas.