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Greater Houston Led US In Jobs Added For December

The Labor Department's latest metro area employment figures shows Greater Houston still leading the country in new hires.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the Houston area added nearly 76,000 jobs in December last year. That put the Bayou City far out in front of the nation’s 372 metro areas for new hires month-over-month. New York City came in second, just shy of 49,000, while Dallas-Fort Worth took third with about 46,000.

BLS estimates Greater Houston’s unemployment rate at 7.3% for December, down from 7.5% in November. The national unemployment rate in December was 8.3%, down from just over 9% a year earlier.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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