Houston Second in Nation for Job Creation in April

The Labor Department has released the April numbers on metropolitan job growth and unemployment.

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.

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Andrew Schneider

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