US – Biggest Job Growth Rank – Dallas, Huston

The Texas twins — Dallas and Houston — continue to set the employment pace for the nation. The two metros have added 134,200 nonfarm jobs in the past 12 months, according to figures released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the equivalent of 368 new jobs every day.

Dallas-Fort Worth is No. 1 in the country with an increase of 83,100 nonfarm jobs between April 2010 and the same month this year. Houston is No. 2 with a gain of 51,100. Rounding out the top five are the Chicago (up 37,100 nonfarm jobs), Los Angeles (up 36,200) and Washington (up 25,700) markets.

See the database below for the latest employment numbers for America’s 100 biggest metros.

Seventy-two areas added nonfarm jobs between April 2010 and April 2011, while 27 declined and one was unchanged. The biggest losses occurred in two California metros: Riverside-San Bernardino (down 16,400 nonfarm jobs) and Sacramento (down 14,600).

The federal report also translated the year-to-year changes into percentages.

Dallas-Fort Worth edged Milwaukee for the biggest upswing, with their tie being broken in the third decimal place. Dallas’ gain works out to 2.919 percent for the year, while Milwaukee’s is 2.916 percent. Palm Bay-Melbourne, Fla., suffered the sharpest drop in percentage terms, down 2.3 percent in nonfarm employment.  (Click Image to Enlarge)


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