Because everyone has a job in D-FW. To alter a lyric, it’s hard out here for a job pimp. This is hot off the wire from the Southwest Regional Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
During the year ending in June 2007, employment rose 83,800 in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area — the largest job gain among the 12 areas studied. In terms of rate of growth, the DFW-A area ranked second with an increase 2.9 percent, while Houston led all with a rise of 3.1 percent.
Other highlights include:
- After experiencing more than 2 years of annual declines, total DFW-A employment has recorded a net annual increase in each period since February 2004.
- Gains of 10,000 jobs or more were registered in 4 of the 10 industry supersectors in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area.
- Employment in the Dallas-Plano-Irving area rose at a faster pace than Fort Worth-Arlington, up 3.0 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively; increases in both areas far outpaced the national average of 1.4 percent.
- In Dallas-Plano-Irving, more than 40 percent of the total job gain occurred from growth in just two supersectors — professional and business services (15,400 jobs) and educational and health services (9,800).
- In Fort Worth-Arlington, growth in the top two job-producers accounted for 46 percent of the total job gain. Like Dallas-Plano-Irving, the professional and business services sector was one of the top two producers with a gain of 5,000 jobs. However, the government supersector, specifically local government, led Fort Worth’s job gain with an addition of 5,300 jobs.