Top Metro Areas for Annual Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 56 metropolitan areas had year-over-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 333 were essentially unchanged. With 117,300 jobs added from September 2018 to September 2019, Dallas-Fort Worth replaced perennial No. 1 New York as the national leader for job gains. Despite the month-over-month slowdown, New York’s hiring of 109,000 workers was still good enough to rank second nationally, ahead of Houston’s 82,800 and Los Angeles’ 72,000 jobs added. The largest year-over-year percentage gains in employment, of metros with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, occurred in Orlando, FL (3.7%), Seattle (3.3%), Dallas-Fort Worth (3.2%), and Raleigh, NC (3.2%). Overall, job growth nationwide has averaged 167,000 per month through October 2019, compared with an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018.

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