Houston Nation's Second-Largest Job Creator

Greater Houston is reporting the second-largest year-over-year increase in non-farm employment among the nation's metropolitan areas. That's according to the latest monthly report of the U.S. Department of Labor.

The metro Houston area added 66,300 jobs between September 2010 and September 2011. That put it second behind Dallas-Fort Worth, which added more than 72,000 over the same period.

Greater Houston also ranked second in terms of year-over-year percentage increases in employment — up 2.6%, compared to just over 3% in California’s Silicon Valley.

Meanwhile, the Houston area’s unemployment rate registered 8.6% in September, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a year earlier but unchanged from August. The national unemployment rate in September was 8.8% down from 9.2% a year earlier.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked more than 370 metropolitan areas throughout the country.

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Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...